The Healer

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The Healer

April 12 - May 10, 2015

Jesus did many things during his short life, but one of his more remarkable roles was that of healer. The gospels are rife with stories of Jesus healing the sick, the lame, the blind—even raising the dead. Not only does this tell us something very significant about the person of Jesus, but it also gives us a clue as to the nature of the kingdom that he preached, and about the God who is working to bring about that kingdom.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Audio | Video | Mark 1:40-45

The Healer (Part 1)

A leper comes to Jesus to be cleansed, and Jesus either responds with pity (as we would expect) or with anger (which no one saw coming). The problem lies in the textual tradition of the New Testament and the question of which reading (pity or anger) is more likely to be original. This puzzle is embedded in the story, begging us to consider both as possible (and reasonable) responses by Jesus.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Audio | Video | Mark 10:46-52

The Healer (Part 2)

A blind beggar seeks healing from Jesus, and in so doing, demonstrates what makes for true vision—and true discipleship.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Audio | Video | Mark 2:1-12

The Healer (Part 3)

A paralyzed man is brought to Jesus for healing, but instead of offering healing, Jesus first offers forgiveness. This sets in motion an authority crisis for the religious people in the room, and it tells us something important about what Jesus' ministry is all about.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Audio | Video | Luke 17:11-19

The Healer (Part 4)

Ten lepers call out to Jesus for mercy, and Jesus cleanses all ten of them, healing their affliction. But one of them returns to Jesus in gratitude, and Jesus offers something unique to this one: salvation.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Audio | Video | Mark 9:14-27

The Healer (Part 5)

Mark sets up a dramatic encounter between Jesus and the father of a boy who has battled a chronic condition for years. In just a few words, the father demonstrates the perfect posture of faith and the readiness to receive healing: "I believe; help my unbelief!"