When people discuss the Gospels and particularly the healing that Jesus Christ did during His walk on the earth, they usually envision Him laying his hands on people and declaring them healed. He does this a few times throughout, but that’s not the only method that he uses. It’s important to note that in many situations He was able to heal without the standard healing touch.
For example, in Luke 8, a woman was healed by touching Jesus without his permission:
43 And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any,
44 Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched.
45 And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?
46 And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.
47 And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately.
48 And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.
Notice that he did not perform the act of touching her but virtue left Him nonetheless. His disciples were confused because so many people were touching Him, but the woman’s faith that she may be healed was what caused the virtue to leave Him and heal here.
In Matthew 8, Jesus marvels at a centurion whose faith is so strong the he believes that if Jesus simply utters the words, that his servant would be healed:
5 And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,
6 And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.
7 And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.
8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.
9 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.
10 When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
11 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.
12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
13 And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.
In these and other examples throughout the New Testament, Jesus heals people through their own faith, their belief that He was able to heal them. When it came to pass that he returned to his hometown of Nazareth, things were different. He was only able to heal a few as most recognized him as a man that had lived amongst them for so long. It was hard for them to believe that he was a Prophet, let alone the Son of God, and their disbelief held back His ability to do mighty works. According to Mark 6:
And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him.
2 And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?
3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.
4 But Jesus, said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.
5 And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.
6 And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.
Faith is the common thread that binds the majority of Yeshua’s miracles. It is as if the faith of men acts as a beacon for the Holy Spirit to fill the world with wonders. He speaks of this and demonstrates it when healing the blind with mud and by forgiving the sins of a lame man in order to give him the faith and strength to walk.
It is faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior that ultimately leads us down the path to Heaven. As flawed creatures, our faith is constantly tested. Many fall from the faith. Others lose track of what their faith really means and therefore they fail to let it guide them. Only the truly faithful will see their Lord. Do not let the world suspend your belief. Let your faith suspend your disbelief.