New Testament
Lesson 7
He Took Our Infirmities, and Bare Our Sicknesses


Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will help us understand some of the reasons the Savior performed miracles.

Scripture references for study:  Mark 12; Mark 4:3541; Mark 5; Luke 7:1117
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Lesson 7 Handout (PDF format)


Miracles

During his ministry Jesus performed numerous miracles.

WHAT ARE MIRACLES?

WHAT TYPES OF MIRACLES ARE THERE?

WHY DID JESUS PERFORM HEALINGS AND OTHER MIRACLES DURING HIS MINISTRY?

As we discuss the miracles of Jesus in this lesson and in the weeks to come, consider this thought from Elder McConkie: "We have little conception of the number of healings Jesus wrought. Multitudes thronged his way day after day, bringing their diseased and deformed, their lame and decrepit, their deaf and their blind. All these were healed as faith and desire warranted. Even their dead were subject to Jesus' will.
     "No attempt is made by the Gospel authors to record Jesus' many miracles. Only selected samples are set forth in the scriptures. The obvious plan of the inspired authors is to preserve illustrations of his purposes and powers, and surely the wide variety of healings and miraculous performances that they chose to record do attest to his power and control over all things." (Mortal Messiah, 2:36)


The Miracles Of Jesus Christ

READ MARK 1:21-27. Jesus casts out an unclean spirit.

READ MARK 1:40-42. Jesus heals a leper.

READ MARK 2:1-12. Healing of a man with palsy.

READ MARK 4:35-41. Calming of the storm at sea.

"And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes" (Mark 5:1).

READ MARK 5:25-34. A woman with an issue of blood is healed.

Prior to the healing of the woman, Jairus, one of the rulers of the synagogue, came to Jesus and asked him to come and heal his daughter who was near the point of death (Mark 5:22-23).

"And Jesus went about all Galilee teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom; and healing all manner of sickness, and all manner of diseases among the people which believed on his name." (JST Matthew 4:23)


Miracles & Faith

WHY DO YOU THINK FAITH MUST PRECEDE MIRACLES?

WHY DO MIRACLES CONTINUE IN THE CHURCH TODAY?

President Harold B. Lee: Harold B. Lee: "May I impose upon you for a moment to express appreciation for something that happened to me some time ago. I was suffering from an ulcer condition that was becoming worse and worse. We had been touring a mission; my wife, Joan, and I were impressed the next morning that we should get home as quickly as possible, although we had planned to stay for some other meetings.
     "On the way across the country, we were sitting in the forward section of the airplane. Some of our Church members were in the next section of the airplane. As we approached a certain point en route, someone laid his hand upon my head. I looked up; I could see no one. That happened again before we arrived home, again with the same experience. Who it was, by what means or what medium, I may never know, except I knew that I was receiving a blessing that I came a few hours later to know I needed most desperately.
     "As soon as we arrived home, my wife very anxiously called the doctor. It was now about 11 o'clock at night. He called me to come to the telephone, and he asked how I was; and I said, 'Well, I am very tired. I think I will be all right.' But shortly thereafter, there came massive hemorrhages which, had they occurred while we were in flight, I wouldn't be here today talking about it.
     "I know that there are powers divine that reach out when all other help is not available. We see that manifest down in the countries we speak of as the underprivileged countries where there is little medical aid and perhaps no hospitals. If you want to hear of great miracles among these humble people with simple faith, you will see it among them when they are left to themselves. Yes, I know that there are such powers." (Stand Ye In Holy Places, p185-186)


Gospel Doctrine Notebook

One of the signs of the church of Christ is the presence of miracles. How blessed we are to have the restoration of the gospel and its attendant gifts. The Savior continues to heal, both physically and spiritually as we have faith in him.

Master, the tempest is raging!
The billows are tossing high!
The sky is o'ershadowed with blackness.
No shelter or help is nigh.
Carest thou not that we perish?
How canst thou lie asleep
When each moment so madly is threat'ning
A grave in the angry deep?

Record your thoughts on miracles and the miracles of Jesus. What lessons can you apply to your life?


Resources Used In This Lesson

Jesus the Christ by James E. Talmage.

Journal of Discourses (JD).

Mormon Doctrine by Bruce R. McConkie.

Stand Ye In Holy Places by Harold B. Lee.

The Mortal Messiah: From Bethlehem to Calvary, Volumes 1 & 2, by Bruce R. McConkie.


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