Lesson 12
Jesus authority over sin and death for today

  Now, we come to the foundations of all sickness, troubles and problems of this earth.  The fall of man that let sin and death into this world of ours.  Sin is the downfall of man, and death is the wages of sin. Only through what Jesus did for us on the cross that we can be reborn into eternal life.
In Matthew 9. 2-8, we read about Jesus' authority to forgive sin.

 'And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.  And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth. And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?  For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?  But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.  And he arose, and departed to his house.  But when the multitude saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men'.

  Sin often causes sickness, and Jesus knew that sin was the cause of the palsy. Jesus went straight to the cause, “Thy sins be forgiven thee”. For Jesus had power to forgive sins. To Jesus, forgiving sin was as easy as saying, “Take up thy bed and walk”.
  Today, people often have faith to be saved, yet do not have the faith to be healed.  Jesus came to save us, heal us and deliver us.  All three are part of salvation.  It is as easy to get healed as it is to get saved.  The third world peoples understand this, and they receive their healing along with being saved.  Usually they receive their healing instantly. Yet the highly educated find it hard to believe and receive their healing  I believe it is because it has been educated out of them.
  Most of our British Universities started out as Christian ones and Christ was behind our education, but since Christ has been removed from our education system, what has replaced Christ?  The opposite of course! An anti-Christ  spirit is in control of our universities and colleges, that is why 75% of Christians entering college, lose their faith within the first year or two.  They have lost faith, they no longer believe and are therefore, unable to receive their healing.  We need to pray for our young people that the lie of the enemy is exposed to them, that their eyes be opened  to the truth.  Jesus alone has power to forgive their sin, Jesus alone can heal their bodies and Jesus alone can give them everlasting life, for Jesus alone has conquered sin and death.
  In Luke 7:12-15 we read about Jesus' authority over death.

'Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her.  And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not.  And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.  And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother'.

  Jesus first had compassion, and then He raised this young man from the dead.  J Jesus still raises the dead today, even through our own ministry.  Following a Sunday service on 7th August 2005, one of  our team in Blantyre, Malawi, visited the local hospital.  On this particular Sunday, he was unable to get into the hospital from the main entrance as workmen were working there. He entered the back of the hospital, by going through the mortuary.  He saw a dead man lying on a bed to his right.  The Lord prompted him to go and pray for this man, so in obedience, he went over to this dead man and said, 
 
  “if the Lord wants you to live, then in the name of Jesus sit up”.
 
And the man sat up and Jesus raised him from the dead. The whole hospital praised God for this miracle, but insisted in keeping him in hospital for two days for observation before allowing him to go home!  Not only was the man raised from the dead, but completely healed of the malaria that killed him.  He was only 30 years old.  It is important to never try to raise the dead unless you have specifically heard from God to do so and how to go about it as it may not be God’s will to raise that particular person to life.
  To move in the working miracles, we need to hear God and receive His word of knowledge and to ask Him for a word of wisdom on how to do it. We must then obey Him and step out in faith to do whatever He says. The miracle will then happen, because Jesus has gone to the father .''Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father '  (John 14:12)

 

Think:
*What is the main cause of all sicknesses in the world?
*Does sin always cause sickness – always or just sometimes?
*Do not try and raise the dead unless God specifically tells you to – why?
*Jesus came to do three things in salvation, what are they? Discuss.

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