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Jesus and his miraculous healings

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Today, this title came across my radar: Search the Scriptures: The healing power of Jesus by Jonathan McAnulty, Minister. When I saw this title, my immediate reaction was : Search The Scriptures? How about we search The Urantia Book about the healing power of Jesus! I don't mean to discount this very fine opinion piece by Pastor McAnulty; nevertheless, in The Urantia Book we read about this mysterious healing power of the Master in greater detail than you can find anywhere else. So I went on my own search, and will share my findings with you in my blog on that fascinating subject below, ending with the story of this tortured man - Amos by name - "The Khersa Lunatic" in The Urantia Book; but first, here are a few snips from the article:

"The fifth chapter of the Gospel of Mark records for us the healing of the man possessed by a legion of demons in the region of the Gerasenes, on the south-east side of the Sea of Galilee. The man had been afflicted for some time and had been deemed both dangerous and undesirable. His problems were past human understanding, and beyond the ability of men to heal. Yet for Jesus, it was the work of moments to cast out the demons and restore the man to his former self.

"The region, also called the Gadarenes (Matthew 8:28), was not a part of the Jewish state, but was instead a collection of Gentile cities: the Decapolis (or Ten-Cities) (cf. Mark 5:20). It's Gentile nature is shown by the large herd of swine into which the Demons were cast. (cf. Mark 5:11-13) No respectable Jewish farmer would have had even one pig, let alone a herd. It is very possible that the Gerasene demoniac was himself a Gentile. The miracle, however, and Jesus subsequent work in the area at a later date, shows the concern of Christ even for the Gentiles, and foreshadowed the taking of the Gospel to "all the world."

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Jesus as healer

The healings that happened during Jesus' sojourn with us are well-documented - both in the Bible, and most certainly in The Urantia Book. In the Bible, the accounts are straightforward and unadorned for the most part, and we can't help but marvel at even these sparse accounts because these amazing cures and healings are demonstrations of a divine Son doing seemingly impossible things. Jesus performed many miracles - not only healing miracles - but I think you might agree that the miracles of healing are particularly fascinating. Never before and never since, has the world been host to a divine being who performed such acts.

In The Urantia Book, we learn much more about Jesus and his ability to heal the sick - and even raise the dead, as happened with Lazarus. Even though his primary aim was not to become a healer, The Urantia Book tells us that because of his generous and sympathetic heart - and because the healings that happened were the Father's will - they were inevitable. I hope to illuminate some of them here. You'll see numerous blue links in the following piece. Clicking on any of them will open the text of The Urantia Book to that story

A spectacular healing

One of the most spectacular instance of Jesus' healing power is documented in both the Bible and in The Urantia Book. In the Bible gospels, this amazing miracle is simply recounted as "Jesus heals many," meriting a mere paragraph or two; in The Urantia Book we get the story of the healing of these 683 souls in great detail, including the events leading up to this event, which included the well-known water-to-wine event in Cana, and two subsequent incidents of so-called healing (see HERE). Jesus' fame was rapidly expanding, and this is why so many had followed him, hoping for healing for themselves and their loved ones.

As one reads this account of The Healing at Sundown in The Urantia Book, one discovers the human Jesus learning to control and direct his co-creative powers according to the will of the Father. And we begin to understand the often unintended or unconscious potentiality of this power inherent in this mighty God/man:

But of all the beings who were astonished at this sudden and unexpected outbreak of supernatural healing, Jesus was the most surprised. In a moment when his human interests and sympathies were focused upon the scene of suffering and affliction there spread out before him, he neglected to bear in his human mind the admonitory warnings of his Personalized Adjuster regarding the impossibility of limiting the time element of the creator prerogatives of a Creator Son under certain conditions and in certain circumstances. Jesus desired to see these suffering mortals made whole if his Father's will would not thereby be violated. The Personalized Adjuster of Jesus instantly ruled that such an act of creative energy at that time would not transgress the will of the Paradise Father, and by such a decision—in view of Jesus' preceding expression of healing desire—the creative act was. What a Creator Son desires and his Father wills IS. Not in all of Jesus' subsequent earth life did another such en masse physical healing of mortals take place.

Shortly thereafter, two other events happened that again raised the peoples' expectation: the healing of the widow's son in Nain and the healing of the centurion's son, as well as the dramatic healing of the leper. In the case of the leper, we learn that this was a true and deliberate act on the Master's part...

Jesus' first deliberate miracle of healing

146:4.3 Late on the afternoon of the third day at Iron, as Jesus was returning from the mines, he chanced to pass through a narrow side street on his way to his lodging place. As he drew near the squalid hovel of a certain leprous man, the afflicted one, having heard of his fame as a healer, made bold to accost him as he passed his door, saying as he knelt before him: "Lord, if only you would, you could make me clean. I have heard the message of your teachers, and I would enter the kingdom if I could be made clean." And the leper spoke in this way because among the Jews lepers were forbidden even to attend the synagogue or otherwise engage in public worship. This man really believed that he could not be received into the coming kingdom unless he could find a cure for his leprosy. And when Jesus saw him in his affliction and heard his words of clinging faith, his human heart was touched, and the divine mind was moved with compassion. As Jesus looked upon him, the man fell upon his face and worshiped. Then the Master stretched forth his hand and, touching him, said: "I will—be clean." And immediately he was healed; the leprosy no longer afflicted him.

146:4.5 This cleansing of the leper was the first so-called miracle which Jesus had intentionally and deliberately performed up to this time. And this was a case of real leprosy.

The Kingdom's first hospital

It seems fitting that the Kingdom had a facility for treating the sick. By that time, many were seeking healing from Jesus. It is in these recountings of the seaside hospital that the revelators begin to offer the reader a wealth of information regarding the power of Jesus' presence alone in regards to healing the sick in body, mind and spirit:

In connection with the seaside encampment, Elman, the Syrian physician, with the assistance of a corps of twenty-five young women and twelve men, organized and conducted for four months what should be regarded as the kingdom's first hospital. At this infirmary, located a short distance to the south of the main tented city, they treated the sick in accordance with all known material methods as well as by the spiritual practices of prayer and faith encouragement. Jesus visited the sick of this encampment not less than three times a week and made personal contact with each sufferer. As far as we know, no so-called miracles of supernatural healing occurred among the one thousand afflicted and ailing persons who went away from this infirmary improved or cured. However, the vast majority of these benefited individuals ceased not to proclaim that Jesus had healed them.

Many of the cures effected by Jesus in connection with his ministry in behalf of Elman's patients did, indeed, appear to resemble the working of miracles, but we were instructed that they were only just such transformations of mind and spirit as may occur in the experience of expectant and faith-dominated persons who are under the immediate and inspirational influence of a strong, positive, and beneficent personality whose ministry banishes fear and destroys anxiety.

So we see that, in many cases then, and subsequently, people were healed not because of any deliberate act of the Master, but because of his compassionate, sympathetic, and loving presence that ignited their faith.

A healing with a specific purpose

The healing of the man with the withered hand is another well-known, and true, miracle of healing, and in The Urantia Book we learn the whole story that ends with this statement:

This is the first case of a miracle to be wrought by Jesus in response to the challenge of his enemies. And the Master performed this so-called miracle, not as a demonstration of his healing power, but as an effective protest against making the Sabbath rest of religion a veritable bondage of meaningless restrictions upon all mankind. This man returned to his work as a stone mason, proving to be one of those whose healing was followed by a life of thanksgiving and righteousness.

Later, near the end of his ministry, Jesus performs yet another miracle of healing designed to get the attention of his enemies: The healing of the Blind Beggar

But soon after the healing of the man with the withered hand, Jesus heals the paralytic man lowered on a bed into his midst, another example of the Master's sympathetic heart and his reward to this man's great faith and persistence:

While the house was thus thronged with people and entirely surrounded by eager listeners, a man long afflicted with paralysis was carried down from Capernaum on a small couch by his friends. This paralytic had heard that Jesus was about to leave Bethsaida, and having talked with Aaron the stone mason, who had been so recently made whole, he resolved to be carried into Jesus' presence, where he could seek healing. His friends tried to gain entrance to Zebedee's house by both the front and back doors, but too many people were crowded together. But the paralytic refused to accept defeat; he directed his friends to procure ladders by which they ascended to the roof of the room in which Jesus was speaking, and after loosening the tiles, they boldly lowered the sick man on his couch by ropes until the afflicted one rested on the floor immediately in front of the Master. When Jesus saw what they had done, he ceased speaking, while those who were with him in the room marveled at the perseverance of the sick man and his friends. Said the paralytic: "Master, I would not disturb your teaching, but I am determined to be made whole. I am not like those who received healing and immediately forgot your teaching. I would be made whole that I might serve in the kingdom of heaven." Now, notwithstanding that this man's affliction had been brought upon him by his own misspent life, Jesus, seeing his faith, said to the paralytic: "Son, fear not; your sins are forgiven. Your faith shall save you."

Unconscious faith-healings by Jesus: "Life has gone forth from me."

In subsequent commentary by the authors of The Urantia Book, we learn many more very interesting things about Jesus' powers and the associated healings that were becoming increasingly common:

There began to appear about the time of this mission—and continued throughout the remainder of Jesus' life on earth—a peculiar and unexplained series of healing phenomena. In the course of this three months' tour more than one hundred men, women, and children from Judea, Idumea, Galilee, Syria, Tyre, and Sidon, and from beyond the Jordan were beneficiaries of this unconscious healing by Jesus and, returning to their homes, added to the enlargement of Jesus' fame. And they did this notwithstanding that Jesus would, every time he observed one of these cases of spontaneous healing, directly charge the beneficiary to "tell no man."

It was never revealed to us just what occurred in these cases of spontaneous or unconscious healing. The Master never explained to his apostles how these healings were effected, other than that on several occasions he merely said, "I perceive that power has gone forth from me." On one occasion he remarked when touched by an ailing child, "I perceive that life has gone forth from me."

In the absence of direct word from the Master regarding the nature of these cases of spontaneous healing, it would be presuming on our part to undertake to explain how they were accomplished, but it will be permissible to record our opinion of all such healing phenomena. We believe that many of these apparent miracles of healing, as they occurred in the course of Jesus' earth ministry, were the result of the coexistence of the following three powerful, potent, and associated influences:

1. The presence of strong, dominant, and living faith in the heart of the human being who persistently sought healing, together with the fact that such healing was desired for its spiritual benefits rather than for purely physical restoration.

2. The existence, concomitant with such human faith, of the great sympathy and compassion of the incarnated and mercy-dominated Creator Son of God, who actually possessed in his person almost unlimited and timeless creative healing powers and prerogatives.

3. Along with the faith of the creature and the life of the Creator it should also be noted that this God-man was the personified expression of the Father's will. If, in the contact of the human need and the divine power to meet it, the Father did not will otherwise, the two became one, and the healing occurred unconsciously to the human Jesus but was immediately recognized by his divine nature. The explanation, then, of many of these cases of healing must be found in a great law which has long been known to us, namely, What the Creator Son desires and the eternal Father wills IS.

It is, then, our opinion that, in the personal presence of Jesus, certain forms of profound human faith were literally and truly compelling in the manifestation of healing by certain creative forces and personalities of the universe who were at that time so intimately associated with the Son of Man. It therefore becomes a fact of record that Jesus did frequently suffer men to heal themselves in his presence by their powerful, personal faith.

Many others sought healing for wholly selfish purposes. A rich widow of Tyre, with her retinue, came seeking to be healed of her infirmities, which were many; and as she followed Jesus about through Galilee, she continued to offer more and more money, as if the power of God were something to be purchased by the highest bidder. But never would she become interested in the gospel of the kingdom; it was only the cure of her physical ailments that she sought.

But lest we end up thinking of Jesus as primarily a healer, his mission was one of teaching and spiritual upliftment; and it was for these reason, among others, that he came:

While, at that particular time, the fame of Jesus rested chiefly upon his reputation as a healer, it does not follow that it continued so to rest. As time passed, more and more he was sought for spiritual help. But it was the physical cures that made the most direct and immediate appeal to the common people. Jesus was increasingly sought by the victims of moral enslavement and mental harassments, and he invariably taught them the way of deliverance. Fathers sought his advice regarding the management of their sons, and mothers came for help in the guidance of their daughters. Those who sat in darkness came to him, and he revealed to them the light of life. His ear was ever open to the sorrows of mankind, and he always helped those who sought his ministry.

When the Creator himself was on earth, incarnated in the likeness of mortal flesh, it was inevitable that some extraordinary things should happen. But you should never approach Jesus through these so-called miraculous occurrences. Learn to approach the miracle through Jesus, but do not make the mistake of approaching Jesus through the miracle. And this admonition is warranted, notwithstanding that Jesus of Nazareth is the only founder of a religion who performed supermaterial acts on earth.

Faith-healings: "Someone touched me."

152:0.2 Jesus suddenly stopped, exclaiming, "Someone touched me." And when those who were near him denied that they had touched him, Peter spoke up: "Master, you can see that this crowd presses you, threatening to crush us, and yet you say `someone has touched me.' What do you mean?" Then Jesus said: "I asked who touched me, for I perceived that living energy had gone forth from me. As Jesus looked about him, his eyes fell upon a near-by woman, who, coming forward, knelt at his feet and said: "For years I have been afflicted with a scourging hemorrhage. I have suffered many things from many physicians; I have spent all my substance, but none could cure me. Then I heard of you, and I thought if I may but touch the hem of his garment, I shall certainly be made whole. And so I pressed forward with the crowd as it moved along until, standing near you, Master, I touched the border of your garment, and I was made whole; I know that I have been healed of my affliction."

152:0.3 When Jesus heard this, he took the woman by the hand and, lifting her up, said: "Daughter, your faith has made you whole; go in peace." It was her faith and not her touch that made her whole. And this case is a good illustration of many apparently miraculous cures which attended upon Jesus' earth career, but which he in no sense consciously willed. The passing of time demonstrated that this woman was really cured of her malady. Her faith was of the sort that laid direct hold upon the creative power resident in the Master's person. With the faith she had, it was only necessary to approach the Master's person. It was not at all necessary to touch his garment; that was merely the superstitious part of her belief. Jesus called this woman, Veronica of Caesarea-Philippi, into his presence to correct two errors which might have lingered in her mind, or which might have persisted in the minds of those who witnessed this healing: He did not want Veronica to go away thinking that her fear in attempting to steal her cure had been honored, or that her superstition in associating the touch of his garment with her healing had been effective. He desired all to know that it was her pure and living faith that had wrought the cure.

This is then followed by the raising of Jairus' daughter, after which we read this:

152:1.4 Jesus' apostles, let alone the common people, could not understand the nature and attributes of this God-man. Neither has any subsequent generation been able to evaluate what took place on earth in the person of Jesus of Nazareth. And there can never occur an opportunity for either science or religion to check up on these remarkable events for the simple reason that such an extraordinary situation can never again occur, either on this world or on any other world in Nebadon. Never again, on any world in this entire universe, will a being appear in the likeness of mortal flesh, at the same time embodying all the attributes of creative energy combined with spiritual endowments which transcend time and most other material limitations.

152:1.5 Never before Jesus was on earth, nor since, has it been possible so directly and graphically to secure the results attendant upon the strong and living faith of mortal men and women. To repeat these phenomena, we would have to go into the immediate presence of Michael, the Creator, and find him as he was in those days—the Son of Man. Likewise, today, while his absence prevents such material manifestations, you should refrain from placing any sort of limitation on the possible exhibition of his spiritual power. Though the Master is absent as a material being, he is present as a spiritual influence in the hearts of men. By going away from the world, Jesus made it possible for his spirit to live alongside that of his Father which indwells the minds of all mankind.

Finally...the story of Amos -"The Kheresa Lunatic," and the herd of swine

Jesus was indeed a great healer and his miracles are recounted in both context and detail in The Urantia Book. But not all of the so-called miraculous healings were what they seem as recounted in the Bible. For example, the story of the man supposedly healed of demonic possession in the article above is one that has long been misunderstood; in The Urantia Book - as is usual - we get the story as it really happened.

Jesus, looking down upon the man crouching like an animal at his feet, reached down and, taking him by the hand, stood him up and said to him: "Amos, you are not possessed of a devil; you have already heard the good news that you are a son of God. I command you to come out of this spell." And when Amos heard Jesus speak these words, there occurred such a transformation in his intellect that he was immediately restored to his right mind and the normal control of his emotions. By this time a considerable crowd had assembled from the near-by village, and these people, augmented by the swine herders from the highland above them, were astonished to see the lunatic sitting with Jesus and his followers, in possession of his right mind and freely conversing with them.

As the swine herders rushed into the village to spread the news of the taming of the lunatic, the dogs charged upon a small and untended herd of about thirty swine and drove most of them over a precipice into the sea. And it was this incidental occurrence, in connection with the presence of Jesus and the supposed miraculous curing of the lunatic, that gave origin to the legend that Jesus had cured Amos by casting a legion of devils out of him, and that these devils had entered into the herd of swine, causing them forthwith to rush headlong to their destruction in the sea below. Before the day was over, this episode was published abroad by the swine tenders, and the whole village believed it. Amos most certainly believed this story; he saw the swine tumbling over the brow of the hill shortly after his troubled mind had quieted down, and he always believed that they carried with them the very evil spirits which had so long tormented and afflicted him. And this had a good deal to do with the permanency of his cure. It is equally true that all of Jesus' apostles (save Thomas) believed that the episode of the swine was directly connected with the cure of Amos.

As they were about to depart, Amos besought Jesus to permit him to go back with them, but the Master would not consent. Said Jesus to Amos: "Forget not that you are a son of God. Return to your own people and show them what great things God has done for you." And Amos went about publishing that Jesus had cast a legion of devils out of his troubled soul, and that these evil spirits had entered into a herd of swine, driving them to quick destruction. And he did not stop until he had gone into all the cities of the Decapolis, declaring what great things Jesus had done for him.

And there were other cases of healing as Jesus continued his public ministry, culminating with probably the greatest miracle of all: raising Lazarus from the dead.

Please see our pages about all the miracles (plus amazing events) of Jesus HERE

And also, this page that recounts some of the non-miraculous cures that have always been erroneously assumed to be miracles, but weren't.

I hope that you have enjoyed reading and learning more about Jesus and his miracles of healing. Personally, I find that the sane and reasonable narration of the Life and Teachings of Jesus in The Urantia Book helps me to understand better the purposes of Jesus, and the wealth of additional information with context, detail, and commentary put the Master's miraculous doings in a perspective that leaves me in awe. I hope that you agree!

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