L. A. Marzulli
I’ve been fighting this stinking cold since Tuesday of last week. It has been draining, but I’m almost over it and will be fine for our trip to New Orleans to interview David Brenner for Watchers 4. I got to thinking about sickness over the last 5 days. When Yashua/Jesus walked the earth everyone who was sick that came in his presence was healed. Lepers, blind people, deaf people, those with withered hands, club feet, and everything else. People who were possessed by demons were delivered. People who died were raised from the dead. In other words, sickness and death had nothing on Yashua/Jesus. He reigned over them. Everywhere He went goodness spread from Him, destroying the kingdom of the Fallen One. This was HIs calling card, and I believe this is how we should tell the good news to people. How can anyone argue against that? If we show them who He was and what He did, it’s hard to make an argument against a loved one being healed!
Think for a moment, do we really believe there is a blind man hanging out in the throne room? Do we imagine cancer or any other malady can reside there? Of course not. Sickness is the end result of sin in a fallen world that is ruled by the Prince of this world, The Fallen One, i.e. Satan, whose calling card is death and destruction. When Yashua/Jesus returns, goodness will spread over the earth, starting from where His feet touch the Mount of Olives. Sickness and disease will flee, because of His goodness. The Kingdom of this world will at last be taken from the Fallen One and given to the rightful King, Yashua/Jesus. Death & sickness, where is thy sting? It won’t exist and He will heal the nations.
In closing today’s Bun: We are told in James that if any of us is sick, let the elders anoint that person with oil, lay hands on them and pray. Sadly, this practice is mostly not functioning in today’s church. This, however was what the first century church walked in. It was part of their daily lives. They expected people who were sick to recover. I believe in the gift of healing for today as there is no place in the Guide Book to the Supernatural that proclaims it isn’t, although there are those who insist that those gifts died off in the first century. We should be quick to pray for the sick, believing that we serve a God who is more than able to heal.
On Another note: I was flipping through the religious stations last night and there was a guy who was selling a financial “blessing,” for a seed of $45. a month, given to his “ministry,” for a year. There was an 800 number on the screen, which I called and told the operator that if Yahsua/Jesus was here now he would take a whip and clear out the studio where this was being filmed. I told him that this was scam and admonished him to take a look at what he was involved in! We are in a time where the wolves are eating the sheep and false teaching abounds. People are desperate for the real thing and this is why hundreds of misled people were giving their $45. to charlatans like this guy. He has nothing but a fat bank account. I can’t help but wonder if the words of Yahsua/Jesus will apply to this guy. “Depart from me you worker of iniquity, I never knew you… ” Let’s hope this guy repents and stops fleecing the flock. Let’s pray the sheep wake up and realize what a scam looks like. Let’s do what we are called to do by praying for the sick, telling people what Yashua/Jesus did while on earth and that He’s coming soon!