Showing posts with label Jesus heals. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jesus heals. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Exorcism in the power of Christ

Luke 4:31-37

And Jesus went down to Capernaum –
a town in Galilee where He
taught the people on the Sabbath day,
and they were dazed by His teaching –
amazed by His Word
of power,
of authority.

And in the synagogue, a man
by an evil spirit
cried out with a terrible cry:
‘Oh, let us alone!
What have You to do with us?
We have nothing in common
with You, Jesus of Nazareth!
But we know Who You are –
the Holy One of God.’

Then Jesus commanded the spirit:
‘Be quiet! You are bound
to come out of him!’

And the demon threw the man down
to the floor but came out of him
without hurting him more!

Perplexed the people
turned to one another and asked:
‘What’s happening?
What’s happening?
What just happened here?
For with power and authority,
He commands hostile spirits,
and they come out and obey.’

After that, many say
word of Jesus traveled
quickly around the country.

©2015 Mary Harwell Sayler, poet, writer, and Bible reviewer, prayer-a-phrased today’s reading in the Gospel of Luke from online translations on Bible Gateway.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Jesus heals through the faith of others

Prayer-a-phrase of Matthew 9:1-8

Crossing over the sea, Jesus came to His own town where the people brought a paralyzed man to Him to be healed. Seeing the faith of his friends, He said to the paralytic:

“Take courage, My child! Your sins are forgiven.”

“What!” some scribes thought, “This Man blasphemes!”

But Jesus knew what they were thinking, so He said:

“Why think such sinful thoughts? For which is easier to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven’ or ‘Arise and walk!’ But just so you’ll know that the Son of Man has the authority to forgive sins on earth….”

Jesus then turned to the paralytic and said, “Get up! Pick up your bed, and go home.”

The man did! And the awe-struck crowd glorified God for giving such authority to human beings –

for giving us such authority.

©2015 Mary Harwell Sayler, poet, writer, and Bible reviewer, prayer-a-phrased today’s reading in the Gospel of Matthew from translations provided online by Bible Gateway.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Mercy, faith, and healing

Mark 10:46-52

As Jesus, His disciples, and a sizable crowd
left Jericho, they saw a blind man –
Bartimaeus, son of Timaeus –
sitting by the road, begging.

When the man heard that Jesus of Nazareth
was passing by,
he began to cry out,
“Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

People told him to hush, but he just
cried out all the more!

“Son of David, have mercy on me!”

So Jesus stopped and said,
“Call him here.”

As they called the blind man, they told him,
“Take courage. Get up! He’s calling you.”

Flinging off his coat, the blind man
jumped up, and came to Jesus.

Then Jesus asked, “What do you
want Me to do for you?”

“Master, I want to see again!”

So Jesus said, “Go then.
Your faith has healed you.”

Immediately, the man received his sight,
and he followed Jesus on The Way.

©2015 Mary Harwell Sayler prayer-a-phrased today’s reading in the Gospel of Mark from some of the many translations found on Bible Gateway.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Jesus has power over everything ill

As Jesus came down from the mountain,
great crowds followed Him,
and a leper dared to come near and kneel, saying,
“Lord, if you choose,
you can make me spotless again.”

And Jesus stretched out His hand
and touched the man –
touched the leprous skin, saying,
“I do choose.
Be healed.”

Immediately, the leprosy disappeared,
and Jesus told the man
to say nothing to anyone but go show
himself to the priest and do
as Moses had commanded as
a testimony of God’s healing.

Continuing His journey, Jesus
came to Capernaum, where a centurion
made an appeal, saying,
“Lord, my servant at home is ill
and in terrible distress.”

Jesus said, “I will come and cure him,”
but the centurion shook his head and said,
“Lord, I am not worthy for You to come under my roof!
But speak the word only, and my servant will be healed.”

Then the centurion went on to say,
“I am a man under authority with others under me.
So when I tell one to go, he goes, or another to come here,
he does. Or I tell my slave to do this or that, and it’s done.”

Jesus listened, then said to His followers,
“Truly I tell you, I’ve never found such faith in Israel!
Many will come from the east and the west to eat
with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob
in the Kingdom of Heaven, while the heirs
of the kingdom will find themselves
in outer darkness, weeping and gnashing their teeth.”

But to the centurion, Jesus said, “Go.
Let it be done for you according to your faith.”
And in that very hour, the servant was healed.

Then Jesus entered the house of Peter, whose
mother-in-law lay in bed with a fever.
When Jesus touched her hand,
the fever left,
and she got up and tended them.

That evening, the crowds brought
demon-possessed people to Jesus to heal,
and He cast out each ill spirit
with a word
and cured all who needed healing,
fulfilling what Isaiah had prophesized of Him:
“He took away
our infirmities.
He took over our ills.”

©2013, Mary Harwell Sayler prayer-a-phrased Matthew 8:1-17 from today’s Daily Bible Reading in the Gospels.


Friday, July 26, 2013

Jesus heals a demoniac, an outcast, a death

Background: Today’s Gospel reading in Mark 5 gives a glimpse of the diverse healing through Jesus Christ. First He casts out a legion of demons that had made a man so violent even chains could not hold him! Freed from his life among tombs, the grateful man wants to follow Jesus but is told to go home and, like a missionary among friends, witness to what God has done for him. Undoubtedly the man’s powerful testimony prepared the way for the Gospel to be received in the Decapolis.

After crossing the sea by boat, Jesus is met by a crowd, including the leader of the local synagogue, Jairus, whose sick child lies near death. Before He can get to her, however, a woman whose illness makes her untouchable reaches out to touch the hem of Jesus’ robe, thinking this will cure her when no doctor could. Although people press all around Him, Jesus feels the woman’s touch and knows she, too, is healed.

During the delay, however, Jairus’ daughter dies. This report does not deter Jesus but does cause Him to put everyone out of the child’s room except her parents and His closest followers. Then, taking the hand of the dead child, Jesus tells the little girl to arise. And she does.

Mark Five: Red Letter Edition

Come out, come out
wherever you are!
What is your name?

Go home to your friends

and tell them the things –
the merciful things –
the Lord has done.

Who touched My clothes?
You've touched the Son!
Now go, touched in peace.
You have been healed.

You have been healed
of all your fears.
Just trust in Me.

Why are you weeping?

Why do you cry?
The child isn't dead.
She's only sleeping.

Get up, little girl!

Go out in the world.
Go out and become
a young child again.

©2013, Mary Harwell Sayler, all rights reserved. This unpublished poem is part of my current book project, Living with Bible People, in search of a publisher and based on today’s Daily Bible Reading in the Gospels.


Monday, February 4, 2013

Reluctant healing

Going north to Phoenicia, Jesus left Galilee –
going outside Jewish terrain –
going where no one knew Him,
going to a house that kept no secrets.

And a Syro-Phoenician woman found him
and fell at His feet
and begged Him to get rid of
the demon in her daughter,

But oh! They were Gentiles, and Jesus,
who only wanted –

needed –
rest and a quiet meal said:

“I must feed My family first
before feeding yours
like a puppy under the table!”

She knew this was true but snapped,
“Even the dogs get leftover scraps!”

Jesus could tell she had faith,
so He sent the woman home
to find her child healed
and resting well.

© 2013, Mary Harwell Sayler, prayer-a-phrase of today’s Bible reading, Mark 7:24-30

Friday, February 1, 2013

Recognizing Jesus brings healing

Jesus and His disciples crossed the lake,
landing at Gennesaret
where they moored the boat and got out.

Immediately everyone recognized Jesus,
and word got around as they ran about
the region and began to bring the sick on mats,
wherever they heard He was.

And wherever He went,
they laid sick people before Him –
in villages, in cities, in the country, on farms.

They laid the sick before Him
and pleaded with Him to please let
them just touch the edge of His garment,

and all who touched only
the tip of a tassel –
the outermost edges –
the very ends of the fringe
of His robe were/will
be healed.

© 2013, Mary Harwell Sayler, prayer-a-phrase of today’s Bible reading in the Gospel of Mark, chapter 6, verses 53-56


Saturday, January 19, 2013

Jesus heals any time, any place

One Sabbath
in the synagogue,
Jesus called a man
with a withered hand
to come stand by Him
as He asked:

Will the law let us do what’s best –
do good or harm on the Sabbath?

Is it lawful to save life or kill today?
But the leaders wouldn’t say.

Their hard hearts kept them quiet,
grieving Him Who said:

“Stretch out your hand!”
and with that command,
Jesus healed the man.

© 2013, Mary Harwell Sayler, prayer-a-phrase of Mark 3:1-5