Jesus the Healer
Thistletown Baptist Church
November 2, 2008
Matthew 8:14-17 (ESV)
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And when Jesus entered Peter’s house, he saw his mother-in-law lying sick with a fever.  He touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she rose and began to serve him.  That evening they brought to him many who were oppressed by demons, and he cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick.  This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: “He took our illnesses and bore our diseases.”
Six times a year we pray for the healing of the sick. We do this as one of two ways in which we are seeking to obey James 5:14f. The other way would be for anyone desiring special prayer to call Don or Pedro or me and request that we visit you to pray. We do it because we care. We do it because we are asked … . We do this because it is not a waste of time to do it.
Every Prayer for healing service is followed by a sermon and an observance of the Lord’s Supper. This is a combination of all the elements of NT corporate worship – prayer, the Word of God, the breaking of bread, all with a focus on the salvation that is given to us through the life, death, resurrection and intercession of the Lord Jesus Christ. So this morning I want to spend some time considering some things out of the Scriptures regarding healing and show you the chief way in which that is connected to the Lord’s Supper. Continue reading “Sermon: Jesus the Healer”