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Adult Explanation

Understanding Jesus' Healings: Physical vs. Spiritual Healing

It's vital to distinguish between physical and spiritual healing when exploring Jesus' miraculous acts. Physical healing, as demonstrated in Jesus' miracles, reveals God's care for our bodies. However, it doesn't promise freedom from all physical suffering, acknowledging that human experiences include illnesses and mortality.

On the other hand, spiritual healing focuses on restoring our connection with God, addressing sin, brokenness, and separation. Sometimes, in times of physical suffering, people may mistakenly view illness as divine punishment, questioning God's goodness.

While Jesus' healings display God's power and compassion, they don't exempt us from life's challenges. Illness and death are part of the human condition. Spiritual healing involves finding hope, comfort, and ultimate reconciliation with God amid life's difficulties.

While seeking physical healing, we must also prioritize spiritual healing, recognizing that God's plans may go beyond immediate relief from physical ailments. Faith, even in suffering, opens the door to a profound spiritual healing beyond the limits of our mortal existence.

Kid Explanation

Understanding How Jesus Heals: Fixing Bodies and Hearts

When we look at how Jesus healed people, there are two kinds of getting better: fixing our bodies and fixing our hearts.

Fixing Bodies: Jesus helped sick people feel better physically. Like when someone is sick, Jesus made them well again. But here's the thing—Jesus didn't promise that no one would ever get sick again. Sickness and getting old are part of being human.

Fixing Hearts: Another way Jesus healed is by making our hearts better. This means fixing the things inside us that aren't right, like when we do things that hurt ourselves or others. Sometimes, when people are sick, they might think it's a punishment from God. But that's not true. Jesus wants to make our hearts feel better too.

Even though Jesus' healing miracles show that God is powerful and cares about us, they don't mean life will always be easy. Getting sick and even passing away are just things that happen to everyone.

So, while we can ask God to make us feel better when we're sick, we should also talk to God about making our hearts better. Faith, or believing in God, helps us feel better inside, even when things are tough.

Stories of Healings by Jesus

These are just a few examples, and there are many more instances of Jesus' healing throughout the Gospels.

  • Healing a Leper: Scripture: Matthew 8:1-4

  • Healing the Centurion's Servant: Scripture: Matthew 8:5-13

  • Healing Peter's Mother-in-law: Scripture: Matthew 8:14-15

  • Healing a Paralytic: Scripture: Matthew 9:1-8

  • Healing a Woman with a Hemorrhage: Scripture: Mark 5:25-34

  • Healing Two Blind Men: Scripture: Matthew 9:27-31

  • Healing a Man with a Withered Hand: Scripture: Matthew 12:9-14

  • Healing the Syrophoenician Woman's Daughter: Scripture: Matthew 15:21-28

  • Healing a Deaf Man with a Speech Impediment: Scripture: Mark 7:31-37

  • Healing a Blind Man at Bethsaida: Scripture: Mark 8:22-26

  • Healing a Demon-Possessed Boy: Scripture: Matthew 17:14-21

  • Healing a Man with Dropsy: Scripture: Luke 14:1-6

  • Healing Ten Lepers: Scripture: Luke 17:11-19

  • Healing Blind Bartimaeus: Scripture: Mark 10:46-52

  • Healing a Crippled Woman on the Sabbath: Scripture: Luke 13:10-17

  • Healing a Man Born Blind: Scripture: John 9:1-41

  • Healing Lazarus from the Dead: Scripture: John 11:1-44

Matthew 15:29-31 (NRSV)

"After Jesus had left that place, he passed along the Sea of Galilee, and he went up the mountain, where he sat down. Great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the maimed, the blind, the mute, and many others. They put them at his feet, and he cured them, so that the crowd was amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the maimed whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel."


Is healing a miracle?

How do you describe healing? 

A lot of times Jesus tells people to tell no one, but then they go and tell?

What role do the Pharisees and the Sadducees play?

Why is it faith that makes people well?

How would you describe phsyical healing?

How would you describe spiritual healing?

Why did people get so upset when Jesus healed on the Sabbath?

John 9:35-41, What is spiritual blindness?

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