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Jesus Heals The Sick And The Lame
This posting is designed to demonstrate how the life and words of Jesus demonstrate that He is the fulfillment of the Golden Altar of Incense found in the Tabernacles Holy Place. If you have not had the opportunity to review these postings you may find it desirable to review the following summary: Jesus-Is-The-Golden-Altar-Of-Incense. With that out of the way we can not dig into the subject of this posting.
Throughout His ministry, Jesus is victorious over the power of evil. Many of these victories came in the form of healings. The scripture that follows is one example in which Jesus frees a man who is held in the paralysis of his own sin:
Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. And that day was the Sabbath. The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, “It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your bed.” He answered them, “He who made me well said to me, ‘Take up your bed and walk.’“ Then they asked him, “Who is the Man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?” But the one who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, a multitude being in that place. Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.” (John 5:2-14)
In this case, Jesus is very clear about the relationship between the man’s bondage and sin. This correlation signifies that the gratification of sin is outweighed by the bondage it imposes on our body, mind and spirit. The devil, who seeks to abort your purpose, your mission and your Godly identity, sets traps for you in an effort to destroy you. This is what the devil attempted with Jesus in the wilderness. The reason for the devils actions is that he is jealous of you and is angry at God for having created you in Gods image. Therefore, the devil has a outrageous hatred of all God’s people and seeks to render them incapable of achieving the mission that God created them to accomplish.
When we look back at the above scripture, we see a man who is healed by Jesus after being disabled for most of his adult life. The spiritual victory of the warfare of Jesus was made visible in the dramatic change of his physical condition. But the man’s physical condition was only symptomatic of his spiritual condition. Let me clarify this a bit.
Jesus said to the man, sin no more less something worse come upon you. The implication is that the man’s condition was a result of sin and in addition, his healing was a result of his sins being forgiven. Miraculous healing is a victory in spiritual warfare and spiritual warfare is fought at the Golden Altar of Incense, which is Jesus Christ. Only through Him can we have victory over evil.
Thank God for Jesus. Jesus broke the bondage that the devil once held over us. Jesus, who was the only sin free man, defeated the devil on the cross with His own blood. While on this earth, Jesus defeated the devil in every encounter.
These are the kinds of victories that result from spiritual warfare. Spiritual warfare means taking dominion and defeating the forces of evil through the power and leading of the Holy Spirit. This is the same Holy Spirit power that Jesus demonstrated here on this earth. Most importantly, the spirit of Jesus is the Holy Spirit and is available to those who are able to enter into God’s Holy Place of prayer. Spiritual warfare is manifest by the people who are illuminated by the light of the Golden Lamp Stand to see the truth about God, the steps that they must take in ministry and their purpose in life. Spiritual warfare is enacted by people who have developed an intimate relationship with the Father at the table of Showbread. In addition, it is for those who are able to enter into prayer at the Golden Altar of Incense.
As we have communicated in previous postings, Jesus is a far better replacement for these objects of the Tabernacle of Moses. Going to Jesus for all of these reasons will be the force that empowers our ministry.
This is precisely the reason for this section; to demonstrate the nature of spiritual warfare and to show how Jesus is the fulfillment of the Tabernacles prophesies. In the above example Jesus demonstrates His spiritual power over the sin and illness that had rendered a man incapable of achieving his purpose in life. In doing so He demonstrates the power to break the bonds of evil that block people from hearing God’s voice in their life.
Our next posting will explore the spiritual warfare associated with casting out demons. Until then, may Gods blessings be upon you.