Jesus the Healer – Sermon Series
In the Gospel of Mark what gets people’s attention is that Jesus is a healer. He heals the sick, the possessed, and even raises the dead. People seek him out in order to be healed, and end up getting more than they asked for. After months of a global pandemic, don’t we all want healing?
Let’s begin 2021 by deciding it will be the Best Year Ever (I mean, it can’t get any worse, right?) What we’ve learned from 2020 is that so much is beyond our control, but what we learn from the Bible is that for those who choose to follow Jesus, we can choose to have the Best Year Ever!
February 14 (The Transfiguration) Healing for our World
Peter, James, and John get a glimpse of who Jesus really his and answer to where this healing power comes from. Jesus is more than a prophet, more than a teacher, more than a healer. He is God, and on the holy mountain they get a glimpse of the true mission: bring healing to the world.
New Revised Standard Version
2 Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, 3 and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one[a] on earth could bleach them. 4 And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. 5 Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings,[b] one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 6 He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. 7 Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved;[c] listen to him!” 8 Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus.
The Coming of Elijah
9 As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead.