Jesus, Miracles & Children

A Special Love for His Little Lambs

by Pastor John Hamel

“And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them: but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them.  But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.  Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.” (Luke 18:15-17)

Jesus has a tremendous love for children and is as concerned about them as He is any adult man or woman.  Jesus was always greatly displeased when His disciples treated children like dirty little imps that were to be kept far from Him.  Jesus never hesitated to touch and hold a child, love a child or to perform a miracle on behalf of a child. 

We are going to look at just some of the miracles that Jesus performed on behalf of children.  We want you to be encouraged and to know that God’s miraculous power is available to your children today, no matter what they may be going through.  Allow me to reiterate.  No matter what they may be going through.

Jesus Delivered a Demon Possessed Boy

“And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying, Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.  And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.  Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.  And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and THE CHILD WAS CURED from that very hour.” (Matthew 17:14-18)

The word “lunatic” actually means “moonstruck.”  The demons that were tormenting this child would manifest in a greater way during a full moon or during changes in the moon.  They would do this to deliberately mislead people into believing that the boy’s problem was related to the moon and not demon powers.  Hence the term “lunatick.”  As long as people believed this way, the demons could possess him unhampered. 

This is still true today but Jesus sees right through that mess and goes right after the demons.  Jesus knew it was a spiritual problem, not an astronomical problem.   

Actually the spirit in the child was a spirit of suicide.  It kept trying to kill him by pressing him to drown himself or to burn himself to death.  As great as this concentration of evil was, it was no match for Jesus.  He simply cast it out, the boy was cured, the problem was solved and Jesus moved on to the next victory.

Jesus Healed a Noble Man’s Sick Little Boy

“So Jesus came again into Cana of Galilee, where he made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum.  When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judaea into Galilee, he went unto him, and besought him that he would come down, and heal his son: for he was at the point of death.  Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.  The nobleman saith unto him, Sir, come down ere MY CHILD die.  Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way.  And as he was now going down, his servants met him, and told him, saying, Thy son liveth.  Then enquired he of them the hour when he began to amend. And they said unto him, Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.  So the father knew that it was at the same hour, in the which Jesus said unto him, Thy son liveth: and himself believed, and his whole house.” (John 4:46-53)

It is my belief that this man’s child was not instantly healed.  The narrative says that when Jesus spoke the word, the child’s fever broke and his strength began to return.  Sometimes healing is instant.  Sometimes it is more of a recovery process.  Either way, if you will keep on trusting God, expecting His help, He will move on behalf of your children whenever you give Him access in Jesus’ Name

Jesus Raised One Man’s Little Girl from the Dead

“And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet,  And besought him greatly, saying, MY LITTLE DAUGHTER lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live.  And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him. …While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue's house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further?  As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.  And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly.  And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth.  And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying.  And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.  And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for SHE WAS OF THE AGE OF TWELVE YEARS. And they were astonished with a great astonishment.” (Mark 5:22-24,35,36,38-42)

Notice how Jesus told the laughers and scorners to leave.  Their unbelief grieved the Holy Spirit within Him, hindering His ability.  It is important to separate yourself from all negative voices if you are believing God for a miracle concerning your children.  Negative voices promote fear.  Fear is the opposite of faith.  You cannot believe Jesus’ command to Jairus to “be not afraid, only believe” if you are surrounded with people telling you what God will not do.  Jairus and his wife stayed cool, clear headed and panic free.  They watched what they said and heard.  As a result, God’s power flowed into their youngster and she was raised up.  If you will do what they did, you will get what they got!  Do not forget the importance of forgiving anyone who has wronged you, too.  (Mark 11:25,26)

Jesus also Raised a Widow’s Son from the Dead

“And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people.  Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was A DEAD MAN carried out, THE ONLY SON OF HIS MOTHER, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her.  And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not.  And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.  And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother.  And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people.” (Luke 7:11-16)

Although the Bible reveals this individual was apparently a grown man, he was still his mother’s child.  Our children never get so big that our faith will not work for them.  Keep one thing in mind though. 

Whenever you are desirous of something from God, God is desirous of something from you.  Notice that everyone glorified God for the miracle that was performed.  This is what God was wanting. 

In every case that we looked at in this study, the parents of the children did something to move God to respond to them.  The father of the lunatic boy kneeled and called Jesus, “Lord”, asking for mercy.  Are you willing to do the same? 

The nobleman believed that God’s power entered into his boy even though he was not instantly healed, and the boy began to get better.  Are you willing to believe that God’s power enters into your child at the moment you pray? 

Jairus and his wife refused to get into fear by listening to negative voices, even when things could not have gotten worse.  Are you willing to refuse to yield to the spirit of fear even though it appears that things could not possibly be worse?

The widow of Nain and all of her loved ones gave God the glory once their miracle was performed.  Are you willing to give God the glory once your miracle is manifested?  Better yet, are you willing to give God the glory now, by faith, even before your miracle manifests? 

Anyone who will take the same steps of faith these parents took will receive the same supernatural results they received. 

Have you made Jesus, the Miracle Worker, the Lord and Savior of your life?  Just say, “Jesus, You’re my choice” and you’ll become a member of God’s Forever Family. (Romans 10:13)  That makes all the family benefits available to you, 24 and 7

Be Blessed ... John and Barbara Hamel

 

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