By Pastor Wayne Clapp
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Jesus’ ministry didn’t begin until he was anointed with the holy spirit. After the baptism of John, Jesus received the holy spirit and heard God declare that he was His beloved Son in whom He was well-pleased.
This is when Jesus was equipped for ministry. Shortly after the official opening of his ministry, Jesus publicly opened his ministry in Nazareth reading from the prophet Isaiah. He boldly declared:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” Luke 4:18 (KJV)
After this announcement of what his ministry would be like, Jesus sat down and with the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue fastened on him, he said, “This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.”
What a magnificent declaration from the Son of God! This was the public opening of his ministry, and Jesus announced that he had been anointed with the Spirit of the Lord.
Later, in the book of Acts, Peter described Jesus’ ministry mentioning the same point, saying,
“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.” Acts 10:38 (KJV)
Jesus’ healing ministry was effective because God anointed him with the powerful holy spirit. Remember, Jesus said the works that he did we would be able to do also (John 14:12).
We Have That Anointing!
We can heal like Jesus healed because we have been similarly anointed.
“Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.” 2 Corinthians 1:21-22 (KJV)
From the very onset of his public ministry, Jesus saw his calling in the Scriptures. He knew and declared that he was what the Word of God said he was, and that he could do what the Word of God said he could do. He did not act on his own words, but on the words of God.
“If I bear witness of Myself, My witness is not true. There is another who bears witness of Me, and I know that the witness which He witnesses of Me is true. You have sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth. Yet I do not receive testimony from man, but I say these things that you may be saved. He was the burning and shining lamp, and you were willing for a time to rejoice in his light.
But I have a greater witness than John’s; for the works which the Father has given Me to finish—the very works that I do—bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me. And the Father Himself, who sent Me, has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form. But you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent, Him you do not believe.” John 5:31-38 NKJV
If we want to heal like Jesus healed, we will also have to declare that we are what the Word of God says we are, and we can do what the Word of God says we can do.
We have been called to walk in his steps. The key for us is to believe on him. Jesus healed when he walked the Bible lands; we must still believe he is able to do it as he works in us.
Remember what he said to his disciples:
“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 KJV
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