how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
Colossians 1:15 says, “He is the image of the invisible God….” The Greek word used for image is eikon, which means Jesus is the exact imprint of the father. That means Jesus is perfect theology; that is, he perfectly demonstrates the character of God. Did you ever see anyone in the Scriptures who came to Jesus and ultimately was turned away? He healed all. You know, if you look at the Greek word for all, it means… all.
But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
It doesn’t say that by his stripes you were forgiven of your sins. Indeed, I believe the blood of Jesus allows us to be forgiven and cleansed before God, but the word chosen here by God was very intentional. It says “healed.”
For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.
This is fulfilled through the Holy Spirit. If Jesus was sitting there right in the room with you, what would he do? I would like to picture him giving everyone a life-changing touch from God the Father and then probably spouting off some life changing Wisdom. It’s time we started asking and expecting Holy Spirit to do more in our midst.
You might be thinking, of course he has this sunny disposition toward miracles; he’s never felt the galling burn of unanswered prayer. Actually, that’s not true. Other places I talked at length about dealing with unanswered prayer. My belief in God’s willingness is in spite of my circumstances at times; still, I believe it’s the most biblically responsible view.
Gentlefolk, let us pray.