Matthew 15:29,32 Christ’s public ministry began with the baptism of the Holy Spirit. (Mt 3:16 ) “And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: Christ set an example for us to follow.
We see his example being obeyed in (Ac.2:4) “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
(Ac.19:6) tells us this, “And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. Should not every real ministry begin with this?
Let us note (Ac.10:46,47), And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished…. because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.”
Jesus’ first recorded utterance is found in (Lk.4:18) “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me. He hath sent me to heal, to recover the sight and the blind, and to set at liberty the bruised.”.
Let us note the position of the Healer. “He went up into a mountain and sat down” (v. \29). While He sat upon the mountain great multitudes came unto Him, and He healed them all, (Mt.15:30), “And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus’ feet; and he healed them: “
What a picture of Christ’s position and power. Jesus had all power in heaven and earth according to (Mt.28:18).
Christ has gone up into the mount of Heaven, and is sat down at the right hand of God to give gifts unto men,(Eph 4:11) “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;”
Whosoever will may come. All are ask to come, none are cast out, (Jh.1:12) “ But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:”
He heals them all. He now sits as He did on that mount by the Sea of Galilee, waiting to be gracious to all that will come.
No question asked, no fee required, no prescription given, but instant help and healing was given to all who would come.
Jesus is the only hope for healing for a perishing world. “Look unto Me and be ye saved, for I am God” (Isa. 45: 22).
Look at the Character of the people that was healed.
The lame was healed. Those whose legs are unequal, and whose walk is very unsteady, who have many ups and downs in life.
There are many lame Christians vainly trying to walk like those whose legs are equal.
It is no use trying to conceal the limp. If there are failure and weakness bring them to Jesus. He maketh the lame to walk, “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk… and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.”( Ac.3:6).
Let us note the blind. Those who walk in darkness, Their outward life may be without a limp, but their minds are darkened, (Ro.1:21) “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened, For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections:”
The blind have no assurance, they know not where they are going. They depend on human hands to guide them they have not the eye-salve of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus can cause the blind to see for themselves, “I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see. (Jh.9:25).
There was the dumb present. This is a type of those who can both see and walk, but whose lips are sealed.
They know the truth, and their actions may be faultless, but their tongues are dumb for God-moral beauties, but spiritual dummies.
This great Physician can also make the dumb to speak, (Lu 11:14), “And he was casting out a devil, and it was dumb. And it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake; and the people wondered.”
There was the maimed. This is a very plentiful class, and very pitiful.
They once had hands and feet and tongues for God, but sin has maimed and marred their members, so that they are now useless in the service of Christ.
They once had power, but the Holy Ghost is grieved, and their testimony is maimed, “And she said, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the LORD was departed from him” .(Judges 16: 20).
The Lord will heal us if we will ask him to, “Return, ye backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings.” (Jer.3:22).
The individuals was there, “And many others.” Among this lot there would likely be found all sorts, the sick, the sad, the fevered, and the broken hearted.
Christ can heal every ailment. Everything that hinders our joy in God and our testimony for Him may be confessed as a disease.
Is it care, anxiety, temper, fear, despondency ? He healeth all thy diseases.”
Note the place of healing, “They cast them down at Jesus’ feet” (v.30). The place of blessing is at the feet of Him who is able to tread upon the stormy waves of humanity’s sorrows,” And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.(Mt.14: 25).
Those bleeding feet on Calvary’s cross proclaim victory through His blood over every sin to all who believe.
The way into this place of perfect healing is to go down, down to Jesus’ feet.
Let us look at the Results that Followed . The healed bore testimony. They saw the dumb speaking, the lame walking, the blind see, the maimed to be whole.
Every one used the gift received to the glory of the Great Healer. What a change ! The power of Christ could not be hid in the lives of the healed ones.