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IV. Jesus' activities as healer

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The healings performed by Jesus reveal that every healing is at bottom God's work; it is a display of divine mercy. This is referred to repeatedly in the Old Testament. The author finds in the activities of Jesus as Healer solely the figure of the Old Testament prophet. The people consequently see Jesus as the prophet/healer; they are of the opinion that Jesus was "Elias" or "one of the prophets". Healing, as part of the performance of miracles in general, requires a closer study, since to explain it one can put forward just as many psychological factors, with a view to both the healer and the sick, as one wants. As healer Jesus did not only give men physical recovery, but at the same time brought the joy of a new life to the healed: "thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace" Luke 8:48.

Keywords: divine mercy; Elias; God's work; healer; Jesus; Old Testament prophet

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