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Healing in Jesus Christ

Copyright © Andrew J. Shreeve 2007

(Expanded word definitions in Hebrew and Greek are from Strong’s Concordance, www.e-sword.com, 2005)

 

The good news is it is the will of God that we enjoy good health every day of our lives until we yield our spirit to the Lord and depart this earth, to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8).

 

Sickness and disease only came to humanity after Eve was beguiled by Satan and ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 3:13). Adam chose to listen to the voice of his wife rather than obey the Lord. This resulted in Adam eating with his wife which caused the fall of humanity (Genesis 3:17). Subsequently, humanity came under Satan’s dominion (Ephesians 2:1-3; 2 Corinthians 4:3-4; John 8:44). This was the beginning of sickness, disease, and death as there was no sickness and disease in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:22). The origin of sickness and disease lies therefore in humanity’s allegiance with Satan. Heaven does not have sickness and disease, nor did God’s original plan for humanity in the Garden of Eden.

 

Jesus came from heaven to earth and demonstrated to us the will of God (John 6:38). Jesus saw sickness and disease as an enemy of humanity and a work of the devil:

 

God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all who were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him

Acts 10:38

 

The gospels record for us the life and ministry of Jesus. Jesus performed many healing miracles. There is no recorded instance where Jesus refused to heal somebody who came to him in faith for healing. It was always Jesus’ will to heal the sick. As Jesus only did the will of the Father, we can say it is always the will of God to heal the sick person who comes to him in faith.

 

In fact the bible teaches us that the sin, sickness, and disease of the world was laid upon Jesus during his work of redemption through the Cross of Calvary:

 

His visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men

Isaiah 52:14

 

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows (Hebrew: pain), and acquainted with grief (Hebrew: disease)… surely he hath borne our griefs (Hebrew: sickness), and carried our sorrows (Hebrew: pains)… 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 (Hebrew: mend, cure, heal, physician, repair, thoroughly make whole)

Isaiah 53:3-5

 

Obviously these verses are not saying Jesus was a sickly person during his life on earth, as Jesus took dominion over sickness and disease. Jesus healed the sick people. Rather, Isaiah is saying that in the redemptive work of Christ through the Cross of Calvary, Jesus bore our sickness and disease. Through substitution Jesus has provided healing for humanity.

 

The Gospel of Matthew certainly interprets Isaiah this way:

 

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 (Greek: malady, disease, infirmity, sickness, weakness), and bare our sicknesses (Greek: disease, infirmity, malady)

Matthew 8:16-17

 

In fact the bible teaches that God crushed and smote Jesus with our sickness and disease:

 

Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise (Hebrew: beat to pieces, crush, oppress, destroy, smite) him; he hath put him to grief (Hebrew: weak, sick, afflicted, diseased, wounded)

Isaiah 53:10

 

Yes the Lord placed all sickness and disease upon Jesus for our benefit, that we could be free from sickness and disease.

 

In the New Testament the apostle Peter reiterates the fact that humanity was healed through the redemptive work of Christ:

 

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 (Greek: cure, heal, make whole)

1 Peter 2:24

 

Jesus’ earthly ministry also reflected the fact that in his redemptive work on the cross he bore the sickness of humanity. Jesus came to set the human race free from the tyranny of sickness and disease. His earthly ministry demonstrated God’s desire and will to liberate humanity from sickness and disease (Luke 6:19).

 

Jesus then expanded his healing ministry by commanding those who follow him to also heal the sick:

 

He called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease… as ye go, preach, saying, the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils (Matthew 10:1, 7-8)

 

Jesus appointed other seventy also and sent them out (Luke 10:1), and Jesus commanded them to heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you (Luke 10:9).

 

It wasn’t only the twelve disciples who were endued with power to heal the sick. There were another seventy disciples Jesus commanded to heal the sick.

 

In addition, Jesus’ final instruction to his disciples was to teach others to do what he had commanded them to do (Matthew 28:20). As Jesus commanded his disciples to heal the sick it therefore follows that his disciples were to teach others to obey the same command to heal the sick. Henceforth the church today is also to heal the sick. Indeed Jesus said a sign of a true believer would be the ministry of healing the sick; these signs shall follow them that believe…they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover (Mark 16:17-18).

 

What a wonderful loving Lord we have who is interested in our eternal spiritual well being and also the health of our physical bodies here on the earth. Jesus Christ has provided eternal life for our spirit and healing for our bodies. We access all the redemptive work of Christ through faith. I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation (Greek: deliver, health, save) to everyone that believes (Greek: to have faith, entrust, believe) (Romans 1:16).

 

Are you a believer? Do you believe that God’s power is available to heal you through faith? Receive the healing power of the Lord today. Meditate the scriptures on healing in this letter until faith rises in your heart (Romans 10:17). The Lord will never refuse healing to those who truly trust in him with their whole heart. As a child of God, healing belongs to us. Healing is our covenant right. The Lord wants us healed so we can enjoy a fruitful life. Go forth in Jesus’ name and heal the sick!

I love you, Andrew

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