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Article 17 September 20, 2006 WWJD Jesus Would Visit the Sick

Article 17 September 20, 2006 WWJD Jesus Would Visit the Sick

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Spring Warrior Church of Christ
7432 S. Red Padgett RoadPerry, FL 32348584-5176
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by Bill BlueWould you like to please God, follow Jesus’ example, edify yourbrethren, and grow your church numerically and spiritually at the same timewithout doing anything difficult? Visit the sick among your friends, family,and brethren. The Gospels are filled with accounts of Jesus healing the sick (Matt.4:23-24, 8:14-17, 9:35; Mark 1:30-34, 6:5; Luke 4:38-40; John 4:46-53, 5:2-9,11:1-45). Jesus’ ability to heal became well known (Matt. 14:35-36; Mark6:54-56; Luke 7:2-10). We understand that the purpose behind miraculoushealings was to confirm that Jesus spoke and did things by God’s authority(John 3:2, 5:36, 10:25; Heb. 2:2-4;
see also
Mark 16:20), and also help us
“believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God” 
(John 20:31,
see also
 John2:23, 11:1-45), but Jesus also healed the sick because,
“He was moved withcompassion for them
[the sick]” (Matt. 14:14,
see also
Matt. 9:36). Jesus gave His Apostles the ability “to heal all kinds of sickness and allkinds of disease” (Matt. 10:1, 8;
see also
Mark 3:14-15, 6:12-13; Luke 9:1-2,9:6, 10:9). The book of Acts records several instances when the Apostleshealed the sick (Acts 5:14-16, 9:36-41, 19:11-12, 28:8). Jesus expects everyone to visit the sick. He instructed the Apostles toteach Christians “
to observe
(or “obey” according to the NIV and NRSV)
allthings that I have commanded you
[the Apostles]” (Matt. 28:20), and taughtthat
“everlasting punishment” 
is reserved for the unmerciful anduncompassionate who, among other things, fail to visit the sick (Matt. 25:31-46). Thus,
all
Christians, and not just the preachers, should follow Jesus’example and visit the sick. The writers of the New Testament likewise instructed the churches tovisit the sick (James 5:14-15). Jesus did not visit only the physically sick, but also the spiritually sick(Matt. 9:11-13; Mark 2:16-17; Luke 5:30-32). The Apostles and inspired

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