“A large crowd followed and pressed around him.  And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years.  She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors, and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better, she grew worse.”

Does this sound familiar?  Has this been the case with you or someone you love?  She went to the “white coasts” of her day who filled her with drugs and treated her symptoms.  Fortunately for her she found the medical rebel Jesus who understood that disease began in the mind and was cured.

“Some men came bringing to Jesus a paralytic carried by four of them.  Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd,  they made an opening in the roof above him and after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on.  When Jesus saw their faith he said to the paralytic, ‘Your sins be forgiven.’  In this case the medical rebel Jesus correctly diagnosed the patient as needing not a drug or even an herbal remedy but rather forgiveness and the peace that comes with it; because the paralytic immediately stood up, took his mat, and walked out in full view of the amazed crowd.

In another remarkable healing that occurred at the Pool of Bethesda, the Lourdes of that day, Jesus insightfully addressed another paralytic who had been crippled for thirty eight years, with the stunning question, “Do you want to be well?”  Wouldn’t anyone in the condition?  It seemed such an outrageous question, or was it?

The Pool of Bethesda was a place where a great number of lame and disabled gathered in hopes of getting into the water first after it had been stirred by an angel, as tradition held.  The paralytic complained he could never get to the pool in time after it was stirred.  Did Jesus rightly perceive that the man had developed a system of getting others to feed and care for him, and that he really down deep didn’t want to get off “welfare?”  Fortunately the medical rebel Jesus was able to cut to the chase and reveal to the patient that his own attitudes continued to bind him to his disease.  He too was healed and picked up his mat and waked away.

Ancient wisdom has maintained for thousands of years that nearly all disease begins in the mind and spirit.  “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.”  Today enlightened physicians, researchers and sub quantum physicists are validating this truth with some alleging that 95% of all disease has a mental and spiritual genesis.

In his book the Fourth Dimension by David Yongi Cho he relates having lunch with an eminent neurosurgeon who disclosed that science has linked the speech center of the brain with every single part of the body causing our systems, glands, organs etc to be directly influenced by our words.  They can also be influenced by the words of others to whom we assign authority.

Jesus, the physician, was anything but mainstream.  He treated disease at its origin in the mind and heart and he fully understood the impact of his words of authority on the diseases of his patients.

To be continued…