Jesus the Christ heals you – Acts 9:32-35

   It’s another NEW day. Top of the morning to you. Snowing here in North Idaho. It’s March 25, 2020.

   Pause for Prayer: Go through your Church family and pray for one another. 
 
   Did you pray? Really, pause for some prayer before you proceed. 

   Our WORD from the LORD:

   Today our WORD from the LORD is found in Acts 9:32-35. I’m giving this passage of Scripture the title: Jesus the Christ heals you. 

   Grab your Bible and open to Acts 9. 

   In Acts 9 we have the story of Saul’s conversion (Acts 9:1-30). I’ve always referred to that passage of Scripture as: Detour on the Damascus Road. We in the church today can be thankful for Saul’s conversion because today we refer to him as the Apostle Paul. God changed his name from Saul to Paul.

   Also in Acts 9 we have the growth of the early Church. This was largely due to the fact that Saul was converted, and he was no longer persecuting and killing followers of Jesus Christ. The Churches throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. They were walking in the fear of the Lord in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied (Acts 9:31). The church is growing.

   Did you know that in what I already shared with you we have seen the healing that comes from Jesus Christ? Think about this:

  • Saul was healed spiritually. A dead man walking was given a NEW LIFE. He was Born Again. Saul experienced the second birth. Thank God for spiritual healing.
  • Churches were healed emotionally. Once Saul was saved, they had peace. We all know that when we lack peace that our lives can be characterized by stress, anxiety, and even fear. But thank God through Jesus Christ we for emotional healing.

   So there we have two types of healing that people still need today. Again they are:

   I. They need spiritual healing.

   Do you know anyone who needs spiritual healing? Why not earnestly begin to pray for them while you are staying home during this pandemic. People can go into lockdown, but you cannot lockdown prayer!

   Listen to these words that Paul penned to young Pastor Timothy, “who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (I Timothy 2:4). The truth of the matter is that God our savior wants all men to be saved. There is not a person alive today that God doesn’t want to be a part of His forever family. 

   Just recently I’ve joined a Church Online Platform. It is a place where churches can post their services online for people to watch. Last week many Churches through the nation actually broadcasted their sermons online – including ours. Here is a note from the host of that website. They wrote, “And in spite of the down time in some of our church online services, God still moved in 28,000 people who clicked the Salvation Moment through church online!” Isn’t that fantastic – 28,000 people were saved because of Churches being online!

   II. They need emotional healing.

   Do you know anyone who needs emotional healing? Do you need emotional healing? Are you frayed, frantic, or fearful? Do you feel emotionally drained? No doubt there are a lot of people today who are facing all kinds of emotions. I mean think of all the emotions we have witnessed this past week alone here in our community and nation. One of the biggest emotions right now is fear.

  • So many false rumors are being spread.
  • People are talking about national guard troops locking down interstates. Some say they are going to enforce Marshall law.
  • News services drive fear.

   What do we know about fear? 

   Fear can be healthy. I should be afraid to cross an interstate. Cars and trucks are moving at speeds up to 60-70 miles an hour. That probably would not be a healthy choice. Right?

  • I should be fearful when it comes to fire. Fire burns.
  • I should be fearful to mess around with live electrical wires. Electricity shocks.

   Fear can also be unhealthy. As an Illustration I want to share with you about a wealthy Billionaire by the name of Howard Hughes. He was a film director, inventor, record-setting pilot, engineer. He formed Hughes Aircraft Company in 1932. Later he renamed it Hughes Air West. In his later years of life he developed phobias, and became fearful of germs and unseen bacteria. He built clean rooms in his home and wore masks to protect himself from air born virus’. Howard Hughes had all the money he could ever dream of having, but it didn’t protect him from irrational emotional fears. Many believe that he had actually lost his mind. Irrational emotional fear can cause people to lose it mentally. Howard Hughes legacy if maintained through the Howard Hughes medical Institute.

   I’ve attached a url from YouTube that speaks of Howard Hughes death if you are looking for something to watch.

Howard Hughes death reported –

   Again the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy and remind him, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (II Timothy 1:7)

   I want to challenge you to commit that verse to memory. Will you do it? Better to dwell on Scripture than to dwell on the Coronavirus. Make the better choice. 
 
 There is a third type of healing that people need. 

   III. They need physical healing.

   People need Physical healing today. Consider just the Coronavirus pandemic for a moment. Worldwide there have been 422,959 cases. 18,907 deaths. 109,144 have recovered. But my point is simple – people need physical healing. If you were sick you would want to be healed, right? (See James 5:13-18 for additional insight for physical healing).

   I want to draw our attention to Acts 9:32-35. Allow me to read these verses for us. We read,

   32 Now it came to pass, as Peter went through all parts of the country, that he also came down to the saints who dwelt in Lydda. 33 There he found a certain man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden eight years and was paralyzed. 34 And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus the Christ heals you. Arise and make your bed.” Then he arose immediately. 35 So all who dwelt at Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord. 

   The first five words of verse 32, “Now it came to pass,” are in reference to the spiritual conversion of Saul, and the new enjoyed peace and edification that the Churches were enjoying. The Churches were enjoying such a relief from persecution that the Gospel once again was starting to spread.

   In our text today we find Peter (a pillar of the New Testament Church) going through all parts of the country, and that he came down to the saints (believers) who were at Lydda. It was when he came into Lydda that he found a certain man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden eight years and was paralyzed.

   A little over a year ago I had knee surgery that laid me up for about two months. Those two months felt like forever. My wife was so kind and gentle, and did so much for me. When I was going through it, it seemed like a very long time. But now it feels like it was so long ago. Can you imagine being bedridden for eight years.  Starring at the same four walls every day for eight years. And on top of that, being paralyzed? Aeneas was totally dependent upon the kindness of other people. Some of you know that feeling. At times you might feel like a burden to others.

   Drop your eyes down to verse 34. We read,

   34 And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus the Christ heals you. Arise and make your bed.” Then he arose immediately. 

   Underline the words, Jesus the Christ heals you.

   Those are beautiful words. Can you imagine having someone walk up to you and say what Peter said to Aeneas?

   We know that Jesus heals spiritually (He saved Saul). We know that Jesus heals emotionally (The Churches found peace), and now we discover from this story that Jesus heals physically (Aeneas was healed immediately). Our text reads,

   “Then he arose immediately.”

   On a side note: Take a look at what was the first thing Peter told Aeneas to do. He told him,

   “Arise and make your bed.”

   Have you made your bed today? I want to challenge you to go and make your bed as soon as I bring this Facebook Live to a close. I really believe that discipline starts by doing the first thing we can do after we get out of bed, and that is to make our bed. I’m attaching a link on the importance of making one’s bed by U.S. Navy Admiral William McRaven – www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sK3wJAxGfs

   Does Jesus Christ heal today? Yes!

   Does He always heal today? No!

   Are we okay with this truth? Our physical healing is not based on the amount of our faith. I don’t care what the Faith Healers tell us. God in His sovereignty chooses who is healed and who is not healed. (Remember the story of the three Hebrews and the fiery furnace in Daniel 3? Those three men understood this truth). If God heals, wonderful. If God does not heal, God is still God and that is enough.

   God choose to heal Aeneas.

   What does healing do for the Churches witness? Take a look at verse 35. We read,

   35 So all who dwelt at Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord. 

   Divine healing can at times be the instrument that actually uses to turn people to the Lord.

   Can God, and will God use the Coronavirus as an instrument to turn people to the Lord? We can pray that way. We can seek to be used as a tool in the hand of the Master for this purpose.

   One final thing I want to point out from our text today. It is two words found in verse 32. The two words are,

   “Peter went”.

   We will make a difference when we follow the example of people like Peter.

   And remember we are in touch, so you be in touch.