MATTHEW 9:35 SAYS that “Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching . . .” What did He teach? Jesus explained this to me once in a vision.
Jesus said, “Every place I went, the first thing I did was read from the Book of Isaiah and teach identically the same truth: ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me.’ Those who would hear and receive it would be healed. Those who would not receive it—would not hear it—were not healed.”
DOES HEARING HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH BEING HEALED? EMPHATICALLY, YES!
Luke 5:15 says, “But so much the more went there a fame abroad of him: and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by him of their infirmities.”
The multitudes mentioned by Luke came to hear Jesus. What they heard must have had to do with healing because scripture says they came to hear and be healed. They heard Jesus read from the Prophet Isaiah and listened to Him say, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach . . . [and] to heal . . . This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears” (Luke 4:18, 21).
I remember a woman who was given up to die of cancer. Her doctors had done all they could for her. When I met her, I sat by the bed and began to teach her the Word. It took a little time, but by hearing the Word she was perfectly healed of terminal cancer. The same doctors who gave her only 10 days to live couldn’t find a trace of cancer and pronounced her well. If you can get people to hear the Word, you can get them healed.
In our time, many people want to be healed, but they don’t want to hear anything.
It’s important to note that God’s Word always works for anyone. That’s why Jesus taught people. And if they would hear His teaching, they would be healed.
People would hear about Jesus and bring the sick to Him. And these sick people heard something too. Others had passed on information about Jesus to them. When they found Him, “[They] besought him that they might only touch the hem of his garment” (Matt. 14:36). Why did they want to do that? Because they’d heard that Jesus said He was anointed to heal, and the very clothes He wore absorbed that anointing.
For example, the woman with the issue of blood did not touch Jesus’ person. She said, “If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole” (Mark 5:28). This woman had suffered for 12 years. She was now hopeless. She’d spent all her money and suffered many things from many physicians and had grown worse (Mark 5:25–26). But notice verse 27: “When she had heard of Jesus, [she] came in the press behind, and touched his garment.”
This woman heard about Jesus! Romans 10:17 says, “Faith cometh by hearing.” She must have heard something about healing. Somebody must have told her, “I heard Jesus teach. I heard Him say, ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me. He has anointed Me to heal.’ ” She heard that, she believed it, and she said, “If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole”!Then she did it! She “came in the press behind, and touched his clothes.” And Jesus said to her, “Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole” (Mark 5:34).
DURING JESUS’ MINISTRY, MULTITUDES CAME TO HEAR HIM AND BE HEALED. In our time, many people want to be healed, but they don’t want to hear anything—and people like that seldom get anything from God. If you want to be healed, hear God’s Word! Hear and be healed!
[Editor’s Note: This article was adapted from Kenneth E. Hagin’s book Hear and Be Healed.]
Kenneth E. Hagin
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