“Thy Faith Hath Made Thee Whole”

Miracles occur according to God’s will and our faith in Jesus Christ.

Matthew 8:16-17:

When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:

17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.

Matthew says that the Saviour’s healing miracles fulfilled a prophecy by Isaiah. The LDS scripture footnotes do not give a cross-reference for a relevant scripture in Isaiah.  However, Elder Bruce R McConkie identifies the prophecy as Isaiah 53:4:

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

Elder McConkie goes on to say:

Isaiah’s clear meaning is that the Messiah takes upon himself the sins-and hence the griefs and sorrows, for these come because of sin-of all men on condition of repentance. Matthew simply assumes his apostolic prerogative to give added meaning to Isaiah’s words by applying them – properly – to the physical healings that are a type and pattern of the spiritual healings wrought through the infinite and eternal atonement of Him who ransoms men both temporally and spiritually.” (The Mortal Messiah: From Bethlehem to Calvary, 2: 52.)

I find that an interesting thought – that the physical healings were a type and pattern of the spiritual healings made available through the atonement. The miracles that Jesus performed during his mortal ministry were marvelous and awe-inspiring but others of the Lord’s servants have exercised priesthood power to heal the sick and raise the dead. However, no-one else ever could perform the miracle of conquering death as the Saviour did through his resurrection or the miracle of bearing our griefs, sorrows and sins as the Saviour did through his infinite atonement.

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Miracles today

Harold B. Lee

“The greatest miracles I see today are not necessarily the healing of sick bodies, but the greatest miracles I see are the healing of sick souls, those who are sick in soul and spirit and are downhearted and distraught, on the verge of nervous breakdowns. We are reaching out to all such, because they are precious in the sight of the Lord, and we want no one to feel that they are forgotten.” (Ensign, July 1973, p. 123.)

Jesus Christ’s miracles in the New Testament

  1. Turning water into wine – John 2:1-11
  2. Healing a nobleman’s son – John 4: 46-54
  3. A multitude of fishes – Luke 5:1-11
  4. Casting out an unclean spirit – Mark 1:21- 28
  5. Healing Simon Peter’s mother in law – Mark 1:29 -31
  6. Healing a multitude – Mark 1:32 -34
  7. Healing a leper – Matthew 8:1-4
  8. Centurion’s servant cured – Matthew 8:5-13
  9. Stilling the tempest – Matthew 8:23-27
  10. Casting devils into a herd of swine – Matthew 8 :28 -33
  11. Healing man sick of the palsy – Matthew 9:1-8
  12. Healing an invalid on the Sabbath – John 5:1-9
  13. Healing man with withered hand on the Sabbath – Matthew 12:10-13
  14. Raises son of the widow of Nain from the dead – Luke 7:11-15
  15. Healing one possessed of a devil, blind and dumb – Matthew 12:22
  16. A woman is healed by touching his clothes – Mark 5:24-34
  17. Raising Jairus’ daughter to life – Mark 5:22-24, 35-43
  18. Healing two blind men – Matthew 9:27-31
  19. Healing a dumb man possessed of a devil – Matthew 9:32-33
  20. Feeding 5000 – Matthew 14:15-21
  21. Walking on water – Matthew 14:22-27
  22. Saves Peter from drowning – Matthew 14: 29-32
  23. Those who touch the hem of his garment are made whole – Matthew 14:35-36
  24. Healing the daughter of a gentile woman – Matthew 15:21-31
  25. Opening the ears and loosening the tongue of a person with an impediment – Mark 7:31-35
  26. Feeding 4000 – Matthew 15: 32-39
  27. Healing a blind man – Mark 8:22-26
  28. Healing a lunatic – Matthew 17:14-21
  29. Paying taxes in a miraculous manner – Matthew 17:24-27
  30. Casting out a devil – Luke 11:14
  31. Healing a man born blind, on the Sabbath – John 9:1-38
  32. Healing a woman on the Sabbath – Luke 13:11-13
  33. Healing a man on the Sabbath – Luke 14:1-4
  34. Raising Lazarus from the dead – John 11 :1-46
  35. Healing 10 lepers – Luke 17:11-19
  36. Healing two blind men – Matthew 20:30-34
  37. Cursing a fig tree – Matthew 21:17-19
  38. Healing Malchus’ ear – Luke 22:50-53
  39. Rising from the dead – John 20
  40. Multitude of fishes – John 21:1-6

Jesus Christ has power to bring peace in the midst of life’s storms.

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Peace can mean:

  • Freedom from war or violence
  • Public security and order
  • Inner contentment
  • Tranquillity

Is this the peace that the Lord meant when he said:

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27)?

The Lord promised his disciples ‘peace’ but we know that they went on to experience great trials and tribulations and to suffer martyrdom. In fact, in John chapter 16 the Saviour said to his apostles, ‘In the world you shall have tribulation.’ (John 16:33) This seems to be a very strange kind of peace.

Note,  however, that the Lord speaks about ‘my peace’ – emphasising that his peace is different to the peace that the world offers (and then takes away). In fact Paul tells us in Philippians that God’s peace is so different to the world’s peace that it ‘passeth all understanding’. (Phil 4:7)

So what is this peace that the Lord offers us? Dennis E. Simmons wrote in the May 1997 Ensign:

‘.. even if all the world is crumbling around us, the promised Comforter will provide His peace as a result of true discipleship. Ultimate total peace will come, of course, because He overcame the world. But we can have His peace with us irrespective of the troubles of the world. His peace is that peace, that serenity, that comfort spoken to our hearts and minds by the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, as we strive to follow Him and keep His commandments.’

Modern day revelation helps us to understand how we obtain the Lord’s peace:

‘But learn that he who doeth the works of righteousness shall receive his reward, even peace in this world, and  eternal life in the world to come.’ (D&C 59:23)

‘Learn of me, and listen to my words; walk in the meekness of my Spirit, and you shall have peace in me’ (D&C 19:23).

President Ezra Taft Benson counseled us: “The price of peace is righteousness. Men and nations may loudly proclaim, ‘Peace, peace,’ but there shall be no peace until individuals nurture in their souls those principles of personal purity, integrity, and character which foster the development of peace. Peace cannot be imposed. It must come from the lives and hearts of men. There is no other way.” (Quoted by President Thomas S Monson in First Presidency Message, March 2004).

Rescuing those who are lost requires our unified efforts.

Jesus forgives sins, heals a paralytic (Mark 2:1-12)

‘An account in the New Testament comes to my mind. It is a perfect illustration of how members and missionaries can work together in unity through ward councils to reach out and rescue. The story is found in  Mark 2:1–5 I find that the experiences Jesus used to teach us certain doctrines or principles are always most inspiring and easy to understand.

One of the characters in this account is a man with palsy, someone who was not able to move without assistance. This man could only stay home, waiting for rescue.

In our day, it might happen like this. Four people were fulfilling an assignment from their bishop to visit, at his home, a man who was sick with palsy. I can visualize one of them coming from the Relief Society, one from the elders quorum, one from the Aaronic Priesthood, and, last but not least, one full-time missionary. In the most recent ward council, after counseling together about the needs in the ward, the bishop had given out “rescuing” assignments. These four were assigned to help this man suffering with palsy. They could not wait for him to come to church by himself. They had to go to his home and visit him. They had to seek him out, and so they went. The man was being brought to Jesus.

“And they [came] unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four”  Mark 2:3

However, the room was too crowded. They could not get in through the door. I am sure they tried everything they could think of, but they just could not get through. Things did not happen as smoothly as planned. There were obstacles along their way of “rescue.” But they did not give up. They did not leave the man with palsy by the door. They counseled together on what to do next—how they could bring the man unto Jesus Christ for healing. The work to assist Jesus Christ in saving souls, at least for them, was never too demanding. They came up with a plan—not an easy one, but they acted on it.

“And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay”  Mark 2:4

They brought him up to the roof. Assuming there was no outside staircase for them to climb, it would have taken them quite some time to get everyone onto the roof. I think it might have happened this way: the young man from his ward would have climbed up to the roof first. As he was young and full of energy, it would not have been too difficult for him. His home teaching companion from the elders quorum and the tall and strong full-time missionary would have pushed really hard from below. The Relief Society sister would have reminded them to be careful and given them words of encouragement. The men would then uncover the roof while the sister continued to comfort the man as he waited to be healed—to be able to move by himself and to be free.

This rescue assignment needed everyone working together. At the crucial moment, it would take careful coordination to lower the man with palsy from the roof. The four people would have to work in unity and in harmony. There could not be any discord among the four. They would have to lower the man with palsy at the same pace. If someone released the rope faster than the other three, the man would fall out of his bed. He could not hold on by himself due to his weakened condition.

In order to assist the Savior, we have to work together in unity and in harmony. Everyone, every position, and every calling is important. We have to be united in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Finally, the sick, palsied man was laid before Jesus. “When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee”  Mark 2:5 Jesus showed mercy on him and healed him—not only physically but also spiritually: “Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.” Isn’t that wonderful? Wouldn’t we like that to happen to all of us too? Certainly I would.

Do we know anyone in our life who is afflicted with spiritual palsy, someone who just cannot come back to the Church by himself or herself? He or she could be one of our children, one of our parents, a spouse, or a friend.’ (Chi Hong Wong, General Conference, October 2014)

How can we better work together to rescue those who are lost?

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