Saturday, March 2, 2024

                       JESUS CHRIST IS THE HEALER!


               ALL GLORY & PRAISE TO JESUS CHRIST!    


                 THE KEY TO ANSWERED PRAYER

                                                                  CHAPTER 7

                                         by Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.

THE SECOND REASON JESUS WILL HEAL US IS BECAUSE HE HAS ALREADY PAID FOR OUR HEALING!  HE WAS SCOURGED, CRUCIFIED, AND NALED TO THE CROSS FOR US!

Yes, my friend - Jesus has provided for the forgiveness of our sins and the healing of our sicknesses!  The Bible says, "He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and with His stripes we are healed". (Is. 53:5)

Jesus was scourged by cruel Roman soldiers, with the vicious cat-o-nine-tails (a whip with 9 pieces of leather on the end, to which were tied sharp pieces of bone or small metal balls with nails protruding from them).

HIS BACK BECAME LIKE A PLOWED FIELD AS HE PAID FOR OUR SICKNESSES! 

“The plowers plowed upon my back; they made long their furrows.” (Ps. 29:3). Apparently, Medical Science claims there are 39 major deadly diseases in the world from which stem other sicknesses and diseases.  Jesus took at least 39 stripes on His back to pay for every sickness and disease. 

Each time the whip fell on His back, He received 9 wounds instead of one because of the nine pieces of leather and the pieces of metal on the end of the lash...Therefore He received at least 351 wounds on His back to pay for our healing!

Some church fathers and historians state that the Romans, who were not bound by Jewish law, could have whipped Jesus many more than 39 times!  

The Romans who had their own code of justice and method of punishment often scourged prisoners who were to be crucified, until they fainted.  Since Jewish leaders were pushing for Jesus' death, the Romans had no reason to "go easy" on Him!

The more the victim was beaten during the scourging, the weaker he became - thereby cutting down on the guard duty at the cross, for the Roman soldiers! Either way, Jesus suffered enormous pains for us as He paid for our sins, fears, sicknesses and diseases!

There is a possibility that Jesus received far more than 39 stripes on His precious back.  He may have been beaten 50 or 60 times, as the only pre-requisite for the Roman soldiers was to keep a condemned man from dying on the whipping pole, so that he could be crucified!

WHEN JESUS TOOK OUR PLACE AS OUR RIGHTEOUS SUBSTITUTE, HE PAID FOR ALL OUR SINS, SICKNESSES, DISEASES, PAINS, GRIEFS AND SORROWS!

St. Paul emphasized, "Of the Jews received I forty stripes, save one". (2 Cor. 11:24) Jesus was striped by the Romans, whereas Paul was striped by the Jews! Historians declare that Jesus’ body was like a bloody pulp - Not only His back, but legs, ribs, neck and back! The original Hebrew states, "Surely He hath borne our sicknesses, and carried our pains: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted". (Is. 53:4)

The Norwegian Bible translates the above scripture properly, as does some of the great Hebrew scholars of the English Bible! Unfortunately the King James Version and a number of other translations have greatly erred in their rendering of the Hebrew words choli and makob, erroneously translating them "griefs" and "sorrows"!

When people are sick however, they do have a lot of grief, misery and death to deal with.  And pain is usually accompanied by trials and sorrows. The correct translation however, is "sicknesses" and "pains"!  Jesus bore or carried them away like the scape goat carried or bore away the sins of Israel on the Day of Atonement.

Ignorant of the scriptures, some well-meaning Christians in North America have said that Isaiah 53:4-5, does not refer to physical healing, but only to spiritual healingGOD'S WORD HAS THE ANSWER, AS THE SCRIPTURES ARE THEIR OWN BEST COMMENTARY!  St. Matthew quotes Prophet Isaiah when he gives the prophetic significance of the great miracles and healings which Jesus performed upon the sick.

"When the even was come, they brought unto Him many that were possessed with devils, and He cast out the spirits with His Word, and healed all that were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, HIMSELF TOOK OUR INFIRMITIES, AND BARE OUR SICKNESSES". (Matt.8:16-17)

Due to the fact that a lot of non-Pentecostal, Evangelical preachers and J.W.'s - who are biased against divine healing and the full gospel message in general - have done damage to the Kingdom of God by their stubborn and often ignorant approach to this subject, we at this point interject the following documentation from the book "Christ the Healer" by Rev. F.F. Bosworth.

HE CARRIED OUR PAINS

Before quoting from this chapter, may I state that the Hebrew words "choli" and "makob" have been incorrectly translated griefs and sorrows.

All who have taken the time to examine the original text have found, what is everywhere acknowledged, that these two words mean, respectively, "sickness" and "pains", everywhere else throughout  the Old Testament.

This word, choli, is interpreted disease and sickness in Deut. 7:15; 28:61; 1 Kings 17:17; 2 Kings 1:2; 8:8; 2 Chron. 16:12; 21:15; and other texts.  The word makob is rendered "pain" in Job 14:22; 33:19, etc.  Therefore the prophet is saying, in this 4th verse, "Surely He hath borne our sicknesses and carried our pains".  The reader is referred to any standard Commentary for additional testimony on this point; but there is no better commentary than Matt. 8:16-17.

AN INSPIRED COMMENTARY

That Isaiah 53:4 cannot refer to disease of the soul, and that neither of the words translated "sickness" and "pain" have any reference to spiritual matters but to bodily sickness alone, is proven by Matt. 8:16-17 - "...and He cast out the spirits with His word, and healed all that were sick; that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias, the Prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses".  This is an inspired commentary on this 4th verse of Isaiah 53, plainly declaring that the prophet refers to bodily ailments, and therefore the word "sickness", choli, must be read literally in Isaiah.

The same Holy Spirit who inspired this verse quotes it in Matthew as the explanation of the universal application by Christ of His power to heal the body.  To take any other view is equal to accusing the Holy Spirit of making a mistake in quoting His own prediction.

I will here quote the learned translator, Dr. Young, in his version of the Bible:

3.                     He is despised, and left of men,

                        A man of pains (Heb. makob), and acquainted with sickness (choli)

                        And as one hiding the face from us,

                        He is despised and we esteemed him not.

4.                     Surely our sicknesses (choli) he hath borne,

                        And our pains (makob) he hath carried them,

                        And we - we have esteemed him plagued,

                        Smitten of God and afflicted.

5.                     And he is pierced for our transgressions,

                        Bruised for our iniquities,

                        The chastisement of our peace is on him,

                        And by his bruise there is healing to us.

6.                     All of us like sheep have wandered,

                        Each to his own way we have turned,

                        And Jehovah hath caused to meet on him

                        The punishment of us all.

10                    And Jehovah hath delighted to bruise him;

                        He hath made him sick (choli);

                        If his soul doth make an offering for guilt,

                        He seeth seed - he prolongeth days.

12.                   ...With transgressors he was numbered,

                        And he the sin of many hath borne,

                        And for transgressors he intercedeth.

Dr. Isaac Leeser, the able translator of the Hebrew English Bible, renders these verses as follows:

3.                     "He was despised and shunned of men:

                        A man of pains and acquainted with disease.

4.                     "But only our diseases did he bear himself,

                        And our pains he carried.

5.                     "And through his bruises was healing granted to us.

10.                   "But the Lord was pleased to crush him through disease."

       Rotherham's translation of the 10th verse is "He hath laid on Him sickness".

FROM YOU AND ME TO CALVARY

 In the 4th verse, the word "borne" (nasa) means to lift up, to bear away, to convey, or to remove to a distance.  It is a Levitical word, and is applied to the scapegoat, that bare away the sins of the people.  "The goat shall bear (nasa) upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited; and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness". (Lev. 16:22)  So Jesus bore my sins and sicknesses away "without the camp" to the cross.  Sin and sickness have passed from me to Calvary - salvation and health have passed from Calvary to me.

 Again, in this 4th verse of the Redemption Chapter the Hebrew verbs for "borne" and "carried" (NASA AND SABAL) ARE BOTH THE SAME AS ARE USED IN THE 11TH AND 12TH VERSES FOR THE SUBSTITUTIONARY BEARING OF SIN, "HE SHALL BEAR (CARRY) THEIR INIQUITIES", AND "HE SHALL BEAR THE SIN OF MANY".  BOTH WORDS SIGNIFY TO ASSUME AS A HEAVY BURDEN, AND DENOTE ACTUAL SUBSTITUTION, AND A COMPLETE REMOVAL OF THE THING BORNE.  WHEN JESUS BORE OUR SINS, OUR SICKNESSES AND OUR PAINS, HE BORE THEM AWAY, OR REMOVED THEM.  BOTH THESE WORDS MEAN SUBSTITUTION, ONE BEARING ANOTHER'S LOAD.

On this point, permit me to quote from 'JESUS OUR HEALER', a splendid tract written by the Rev. W.C. Stevens, published and sold by the Biola Book Store of the Torrey Bible Institute, Los Angeles, California.  He says, "This prophecy presents healing as an integral part of the vicarious Atonement...Now, whatever be the sense of these two Hebrew verbs (nasa and sabal), the same sense must be appliedin both cases, namely, of sin-bearing and sickness-bearing.  To pervert the sense in one case would give liberty to pervert it in the other.  And that the sense of the verbs as relating to sin, not only here in this prophecy, but everywhere else in the Old Testament, is strictly vicarious and expiatory, no evangelical student disputes.  This prophecy, therefore, gives the same substitutionary and expiatory character to Christ's connection with sickness that is everywhere given to His assumption of our sins.

AN INSPIRED TRANSLATION

We are accordingly shut up by the Spirit to the redemptive sense of Christ's bearing of sickness.  This interpretation is fully sustained by Prof. Delitzsch's exposition of Isaiah 53:4.

“Freely but faithfully does the Gospel of Matthew translate this text, ‘Himself took our infirmities and bare our sicknesses’.  The help which Jesus rendered in all kinds of bodily sickness is taken in Matthew to be a fulfilment of what in Isaiah is prophesied of the Servant of Jehovah.  The Hebrew verbs of the text, when used of sin, signify to assume as a heavy burden and bare away the guilt of sin as one's own; that is, to bear sin mediatorially in order to atone for it.  But here, where, not sins, but our sicknesses and our pains are the object, the mediatorial sense remains the same.  It is not meant that the Servant of Jehovah merely entered into fellowship of our sufferings, but that He took upon Himself the sufferings which we had to bear and deserved to bear; and therefore He not only bore them away, but also in His own Person endured them in order to discharge us from them.  Now, when one takes sufferings upon himself which another had to bear, and does this not merely in fellowship with him but in his stead, we call it substitution.  Here, then, the best results of rigid exegesis show that the bearing and removal of human disease is an integral part of redeeming work, a provision of the Atonement, a part of the doctrine of Christ Crucified; that Jesus is the Saviour of the body as well as the spirit, and that:  He comes to make His blessings flow Far as the curse is found!”

 

Aren't you glad we don't have to listen to biased, prejudiced and unlearned preachers, but we can listen to the words of Jesus (the Holy Bible) and be led by the Blessed Holy Spirit? (John 16:13)

Jesus answered those who did not believe in the supernatural manifestations of God, thusly: "Do ye not therefore greatly err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God". (Matt. 22:29)

The reason unbelieving, skeptical preachers do not believe in divine healing through faith in Jesus Christ is:

#1 - THEY DO NOT KNOW THE SCRIPTURES AND #2 - THEY HAVE UNDERESTIMATED OR DO NOT KNOW THE POWER OF ALMIGHTY GOD!

Anyone who has had vital contact with the Lord Jesus Christ's saving power through His precious blood and who knows what the Bible teaches, should have no difficulty believing in Christ's ability or willingness to perform miracles today!

The scripture says, "Himself (Jesus Christ) took our infirmities and bare our sicknesses".  Here is another confirmation: "Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness, By Whose stripes ye were healed". (1 Pet. 2:24)

Prophet Isaiah, speaking 750 years before the cross said, "By Whose stripes ye are healed".  St. Peter, speaking many years after our Lord’s crucifixion and resurrection made the positive statement, "By Whose stripes ye were healed".

WE HAVE BEEN HEALED!  THE PRICE HAS BEEN PAID!  ALL WE NEED TO DO IS BELIEVE IT AND WE CAN GO FREE!

A threefold healing through Christ's substitutionary death on the cross and atoning work on Golgotha is revealed by Prophet Isaiah.

The scripture says, "He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities (to bring healing to our spirit), the chastisement of our peace  was upon Him (to bring healing to our soul or mind), and with His stripes we are healed (to bring healing to our body)." (Is. 53:5)

When they platted the crown of Jerusalem thorns (the Arabian Nebulae), with more than 100 spicules (4 inches long and sharp as a needle) and placed it on our Saviour's head, He was paying for our peace!

When the soldiers beat that crown of thorns into His head until the blood came pouring out, and His head swelled to twice its normal size, they were trying to drive Him insane.

He did not lose His sanity however, but rather paid for our total peace and mental health!  No wonder Jesus said, "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid". (John 14:27)

Jesus bore the curse for us, since "the thorns" were a symbol of the curse! (Gen. 3:17-18)

In praying for our sicknesses, Jesus bore them upon Himself so that we wouldn’t have to bare them or be sick with them.  As He paid the price for our total salvation by taking our sins upon Himself to free us from the mastery of sin, so He also identified with our sickness and disease in order to pay for our physical healing as well!

TETELESTAI – IT IS FINISHED!

"When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, He said, It is finished: and He bowed His head and gave up the ghost." (John 19:30)

When Jesus cried "IT IS FINISHED", He was declaring our Liberty.  He had purchased our complete salvation by His suffering and death on Calvary!  Jesus spoke in Greek when He made that statement.

The words "It is finished" in the Greek is "tetelestai", taken from the verb "teleo", having 3 essential meanings:

1.  "To bring to an end, finish or complete something." Jesus had finished His work, having met the demands of divine justice.  He had completed His mission!  Redemption was now a reality!  He had also brought to an end the ‘devil's dynasty of terror’.  He had shed His precious blood for the sins of the world.  A fountain of blood had been opened “for sin and uncleanness”. (Zach. 13:1)

Jesus had broken Satan's strangle-hold upon mankind! St. John wrote, "For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil." (1 John 3:8)

 The Bible declares, "Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage." (Heb. 2:14-15)

Through His vicarious death on the cross, Jesus destroyed Satan and his evil power over humanity.  That spells, CHRIST'S VICTORY, SATAN'S DEFEAT AND OUR LIBERTY!

2.  "To carry out, accomplish, perform, fulfill."  Salvation is now complete; nothing needs to be added: "For by grace are ye saved through faith." (Eph. 2:8-10)

He was saying, "My blood is flowing, sins can now be washed away and sicknesses healed...because God's great salvation is now operational!"

Jesus fulfilled 332 prophetic scriptures referring to the ‘Coming Messiah’.  Among these were 61 major prophecies and Jesus fulfilled them all!

 According to the scientific - Law of Probabilities Dr. Peter Stoner has proven conclusively that, for any other man to fulfill just 8 of the major prophecies which Jesus fulfilled, he would have only 1 chance out of 10 to the 17th power.  THAT IS 10 WITH 18 ZEROS AFTER: (10,000,000,000,000,000,000).

In order for us to understand the magnitude of that figure, Dr. Stoner calculated that it would be necessary to cover the face of Texas with American silver dollars two feet deep!  Out of those millions of septillions of silver dollars, only one would be marked with an X.  All would then be vigorously stirred together.

 A man would be blind-folded and told, "You may walk across the State and dig as much as you like, but the first silver dollar you pick up must have the X on it!"

Jesus performed and executed to the letter every demand of the law!  He fulfilled every Messianic prophecy!  No other person could come close to doing that!  He stated, "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill". (Matt. 5:17)

3.  "To pay what is owed."  We were guilty of sin.  Our future was doomed for "the scripture hath concluded all under sin". (Gal. 3:22)  The Bible says, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God". (Rom. 3:23)

God's Word declared, "FOR THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH; BUT THE GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD". (Rom. 6:23)  No wonder the apostle states, "Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift". (2 Cor. 9:15)

JESUS PAID THE AWFUL COST OF REDEMPTION! 

The Bible says, "How much more shall the blood of Christ, Who through the Eternal Spirit offered Himself to God, purge your conscience from dead works." (Heb. 9:14)

"Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:" (1 Peter 1: 18-19)

 St. Paul declared, "For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's". (1 Cor. 6:20)

 The Bible says, "The Blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanseth us from all sin". (1 John 1:7)  "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

 "That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith." (Gal. 3:13-14)

 “And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath He quickened together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses.  Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross.” (Col. 2:13-14)

The statement of guilt, shame and debt has been removed by the victorious death and resurrection of Jesus Christ!  The Norwegian Bible states, The letter of debt…was nailed to His cross!

THE STATEMENT THAT DECLARED ME BANKRUPT, GUILTY, DOOMED TO SINFUL BEHAVIOUR, SICKNESS, FEAR, DEATH AND ETERNAL DAMNATION HAS BEEN LAID ON JESUS CHRIST AND NAILED TO THE STATEMENT THAT DECLARED ME BANKRUPT, GUILTY, DOOMED TO SINFUL BEHAVIOUR, SICKNESS, FEAR, DEATH AND ETERNAL DAMNATION HAS BEEN LAID ON JESUS CHRIST AND NAILED TO HIS CROSS!  I AM NOW FREE. HALLELUJAH!HIS CROSS!  I AM NOW FREE. HALLELUJAH!

An old hymn says:

                        "Jesus paid it all, All to Him I owe.

                        Sin had left a crimson stain, but He washed it white as snow".

 "It is finished" and we are recipients of His finished work on Calvary. And the blood is still flowing todayTHERE IS COMPLETE HEALING FOR THE COMPLETE PERSON, THROUGH THE ATONING WORK OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST!

NO. 3 - THAT GOD MAY RECEIVE GLORY!

The third reason God will heal you, is so that He may receive glory for Himself through the miracle! Jesus said, "And whatsoever ye shall ask in My Name, that will I do that the Father may be glorified in the Son". (John 14:13)

 If we make no requests to God, He receives no glory "because of answered prayer"!  JESUS SAID THAT IF WE PETITION THE FATHER IN HIS NAME, HE WILL DO IT - "That My Father may be glorified in the Son".

When a miracle is performed by our Lord, many people rejoice and give glory to God for the miracle.  If no miracle is done, there is no thanks or glory given to God for the miracle, since there was no prayer made and therefore no miracle!

However, if you pray to the Father in Jesus' Name and He answers your prayer, you will glorify God for His goodness and mercy toward you!  Amen.

Max Solbrekken World Mission Box 44220 RPO Garside Edmonton, AB T5V 1N6; Email: [email protected]; comehometojesus.ca; Blog: MSWM; Facebook; Youtube; Donations can be made by e-Transfer; Make your donation to [email protected]; Thank you very much and may the Lord bless you! Amen.

Friday, March 1, 2024

                                            

                           Taken from the Cry of His Coming magazine June/ July, 1966

CHAPTER 6

WHY WILL GOD HEAL US?

                                                 By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.

The primary reason God saves, heals, blesses, and answers our prayers is because of His great love toward us. There is no human love that could ever love us like God loves us! The Miracle of  the Father giving His only begotten Son to save a lost, condemned world is indescribable and cannot be repeated!

The Bible states: "For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Rom. 5: 6-8)

The Word of God says: "The Lord is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance". (2 Peter 3:9): 

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world but the world through Him might be saved (John 3: 16,17)

God's desire is to bless everyone, but many stubbornly refuse His grace, thereby nullifying the goodness and love which He wishes to shower upon them!  Hell was not made for man but was prepared for the devil and his angels (Matt. 25:41).  If man turns a deaf ear to God's warnings and goes unheedingly down the broad road, he will eventually cut himself off from God's mercy and inherit eternal damnation!

 THE GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE!

The Bible says, "The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God". (Ps. 9:17).  Also, "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord". (Rom. 6:23)

The Scripture says, "And from Jesus Christ, who is the Faithful Witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the Prince of the kings of the earth.  Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood". (Rev. 1:5)

GOD'S GREAT INTERVENTION IN WORLD WAR 11

There is a militant promise given in the holy Bible to the people of God: "The battle is not yours, but Jehovah's." (2 Chron. 20:15). Much has been written about God's miracle that saved Great Britain in 1945. 

Prime Minister Winston Churchill had written a speech which he planned to deliver to the British people, informing that they had lost the war! Then,  a miracle occurred! From the stories of God's intervention at that time, I submit only this brief account from a newspaper!

MIRACLE AT DUNKIRK

In 1940 the outlook was the darkest for the British EmpireFrance had fallen, and the British armed forces were pushed with their backs to the English Channel. Hitler's forces were ready to annihilate nearly 350.000 troops of the Royal Army. King George called for a day of prayer and fasting, May 26, 1940.

Two days later "the miracle of Dunkirk" happened, as a great calm came over the channel, which ordinarily is the choppiest 22 miles of water on the seven seas. As a mist hung low covering the beach, protecting them from view, the Royal armed forces returned to their home-land on row boats, canoes, and every other coceivable type of craft.

NINETY GERMAN SUBS SURFACED

There was the time when the allies were in danger of losing the first World War. The Germans had a mighty submaribe fleet which threatened to become an invincible force. One day the waters began to boil and churned violently as a mighty storm broke at sea. So great was the motion of the water that the submarines were compelled to surface. They did so only to find themselves surrounded by the Allied Fleet. Ninety-nine were captured or destroyed and three thousand men were taken captive.

Two hundred and nineteen times the Bible tells of God's dealings with the storms of the seas! He loved us and shed His precious blood to wash us from all our vileness and uncleanness!

QUEBEC CITY WOMAN EXPERIENCES GOD’S GRACE!

In our 1976 Quebec City Crusade, I had the privilege of preaching to a packed house of unsaved people - who had come at the invitation of the ‘Quebec Journel’ - to experience God's miracles. Pastor Marcel Bouchard and his family who were doing missionary work in the province of Quebec arranged a three crusade in that city. 

God gave us miracles, among them was a man who had suffered serious back trouble. A stranger approached me and offered us one of his  discotheques if I would return  at a later date for a three-day crusade. He assured me that he had good connections with the Quebec Journal and a TV Station. If I would supply him with video and magazines of documented miracles from God, he would let the Media know of our Crusade.

The discotheque was packed and a fired - up young preacher brought several hundred hippies. He had acquired 1,000 New Testaments in French, from the Bible Society. During that meeting he distributed them to the large crowd. The altars were filled each evening with souls seeking  God!

QUEBEC CITY WOMAN EXPERIENCES GOD’S GRACE!

After the service one night, Marcel Bouchard approached me with a personal request from a sobbing penitent who was desperately asking for God's forgiveness, without breaking through.  She was an attractive, well dressed 30 year old, with a beautiful 8 year old daughter.  

An hour had elapsed since I closed the altar call and she had been lying on her knees, pleading with God for forgiveness.

Her eyes were red and almost swollen shut because of much hard crying.  She said, "O' Man of God, I must ask you a personal question.  I saw the write-up on the front cover of the Quebec Journel about your coming to our city.  "I'm a Catholic, but I couldn't go to an ordinary priest.  I needed a Man of God.”  I answered, “What is it you want to know?  How can I help you"?

IS THERE ANY HOPE FOR ME?  

 She grabbed my hands and asked, "Is there any hope for me"?  I answered, "Of course, there is hope for you.  You heard my message and answered the altar call, which means you agree with God's Word.  And you received Jesus Christ as your Saviour tonight by asking Him into your heart.  He has accepted you as His child, because His Word states, "Him that cometh unto Me, I will in no wise cast out". (John 6:37)

She stopped me:  “There are other things I must confess to you, before you give me your final answer.  I know you are a man of God and I need an answer from Him."

"If you feel you must tell me something, please do so now as the hour is late", I answered.  "However, I will be glad to stay here at the altar with you until you know God has forgiven you."

“First, I hate my father", she said.  "When I was thirteen years of age, he raped me and continued doing so until I was eighteen and was able to run away from home", she blurted.  I asked, "Are you able to forgive him?  What he did was terribly wrong and unbelieveably evil, but if you want God to forgive you, then you must forgive your father"!

MY HUSBAND IS IN THE PENITENTUARY!

"I think I can forgive him", she announced.  "There is one more thing", she continued, "my husband is in jail.  He is a murderer, having killed his own brother with a butcher knife, in a drunken brawl. He was sentenced to 8 years in prison.  He has been incarcerated for 3 years and has 5 years more to serve."  I asked, "Do you love him?  Can you wait for him"?

She tried to smile: "Yes, I love him and I think I can wait for him".  I encouraged her to do so!  Then she began to cry again.  "There is one more thing I must tell you", she whispered.  "I've had three children; this 8 year old daughter and a little 5 year old boy who is in a home for retarded children and I had another girl, a baby..."

She could hardly control herself at that point.  "I was pregnant when my husband went to prison and gave birth to a little baby girl, but I was so nervous and my little baby cried constantly”, she sobbed. 

"One night, something came over me and I couldn't tolerate her constant crying anymore.  I must have suffered a nervous breakdown or temporary insanity, because I put my hand over her little mouth and when she stopped crying, I realized she was dead.

"I had killed my little baby. Now, I need to know if God will forgive me! Is there any HOPE for me ? she shreiked.

Cold chills went up and down my spine.  I wanted to shake her and ask her, 'How could you possibly have done such a wicked, brutal thing to an innocent, helpless little baby?'  I did not know what to answer!

YES! THERE IS HOPE - GOD  FORGIVES YOU!

Then, scripture after scripture flooded my soul and I said, "Yes, there is hope for you!  Of course, there is hope for you.  It was for you Jesus died on Calvary's cross.  He took your place and paid your penalty, as your substitute"!

I quoted several scriptures: "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  "For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved." (John 3:16-17)

"Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." (Isa. 1:18). "He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?" (Rom. 8:32)

“For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.  For scarcely for a righteous man will one die:  yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.  But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom. 5:6-8)

SHE FELL DOWN, EMBRACING & KISSING MY FEET!

 When she heard God's answer, the young lady burst into tears and fell down, embracing and kissing my feet.  I lifted her up and she threw her arms around me, wetting my shirt with her tears, as her entire body shook from head to toe.

Her little daughter was “crying her eyes out”, and together with the Bouchards and their children, we stood holding each other as the tears flowed down our faces, and the lady kept shouting, “There’s hope, there’s hope, there’s hope for me!  Thank God there is hope for me”!

Finally she stopped shaking, took a deep break and opened her purse.

MAN OF GOD COMES TO QUEBEC CITY!

She said "Preacher, I want you to see something" and she showed me three bottls, each containing 100 pills.  The young lady had gone to the drug store before coming to the crusade and purchased 300 pills.  At the check out counter she noticed my picture and the words 'MAN OF GOD COMES TO QUEBEC CIYY. WILL HE DO MIRACLES?' on the front page of the newspaper.  She then decided she would not take the pills until she had seen me!

Here is what she said, "Man of God, you have not only saved my soul today, but you have saved my life through Jesus Christ.  If you would have told me that there was no hope, I had planned to go home and kill myself. Thank God there is hope for me and my little daughter still has a mother and my husband still has a wife.”

ALL GLORY TO GOD THE FATHER, SON & HOLY GHOST!

Of Jesus' earthly ministry, the Holy Spirit testified, "How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power, Who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil, for God was with Him". (Acts 10:38)

Jesus declared, "The thief (devil) cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.  I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." (John 10:10)  I have shared these scriptures to underscore how much Jesus did for us, coming to earth to redeem and make us free from the powers of darkness.

St. John stated, "...For this purpose the Son of God was manifested that He might destroy the works of the devil". (1 John 3:8)

THE DEVIL IS THE OPPRESSOR, MURDERER, KILLER & AFFLICTOR, BUT JESUS CHRIST IS THE LIFE GIVER, HEALER AND BLESSER!

Satan had bound the human race with lust, hate, fear, torment, sickness, disease and death!  But the love of God caused Jesus to leave Heaven's glory and come down to this earth as a man, in order to become our substitute.

HE SHED HIS PURE, PERFECT AND HOLY BLOOD TO ATONE FOR OUR SINS AND LIBERATE US FROM ITS PENALTY...WHICH IS DEATH; PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL!

The Bible says, "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.

“And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross

"Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above ever name, that at the NAME OF JESUS every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father". (Phil. 2:5-11)

 GOD LOVES US AND WANTS TO HELP US!

The life of Jesus shows His great compassion for the sick and suffering: "And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people." (Matt. 9:35)

When He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion on them and forgave them, blessed them and healed them!  He was moved with compassion then, and He is still "touched by the feeling of our infirmities". (Heb. 4:14-16)

I repeat, the primary reason Jesus Christ healed the sick in Bible days was because of His great love and compassion for the sick and suffering.  And that is the primary reason He heals the sick today.  He loves and cares for us and is touched with the feeling of our infirmities! AMEN.

Max Solbrekken World Ministry Box 44220 Garside Edmonton, AB T5V 1N6. Email: [email protected]; comehometojesus.ca; Blog: MSWM; Facebook; Youtube. Donationa can be made by  e-Transfer. Make your donation to [email protected]. Thank you so much and may God reward you! Amen.

Monday, February 26, 2024

                                                   GREAT MIRACLES IN JESUS' NAME                                                                                       By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.

JESUS CHRIST IS THE ONLY SAVIOUR OF THE WORLD. HIS VICARIOUS DEATH ON THE CROSS & RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD THREE DAYS LATER PURCHASED OUR ETERNAL SALVATION AND DIVINE HEALING!

                          
                               Max Sobrekken Crusade in Chernigov, Ukraine in 1990
 

         JESUS SAID, "BUT YE SHALL RECEIVE POWER AFTER AFTER THAT THE HOLY           GHOST IS COME UPON YOU: AND YE SHALL BE WITNESSES UNTO ME" Acts 1:8
         Attention: All the praise, honour and glory goes to our Heavenly Father in Jesus' Name!