God’s Will Concerning Healing
Copyright © Andrew J. Shreeve 2006
In this session we will give a scriptural basis for healing.
Healing was achieved for humanity in the substitution work of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary.
Galatians 3:13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is everyone that hangeth on a tree
As we study the curse of the law, we discover what we are redeemed from.
Deuteronomy 28:59-61 includes all the diseases of Egypt plus every sickness and disease not written in the book of the law. This is what we are redeemed from through Jesus’ work on the cross.
How was Jesus cursed? Isaiah 53 clearly tells us Jesus suffered with our disease on the cross, that by his stripes we are healed.
- Isaiah 53:3-6, 10
(English translation provided by the Jewish Publication Society)
53.03 He was despised, and forsaken of men, a man of pains, and acquainted with disease, and as one from whom men hide their face: he was despised, and we esteemed him not
53.04 Surely our diseases he did bear, and our pains he carried; whereas we did esteem him stricken, smitten of G-d, and afflicted
53.05 But he was wounded because of our transgressions, he was crushed because of our iniquities: the chastisement of our welfare was upon him, and with his stripes we were healed
53.10 Yet it pleased HaShem to crush him by disease; to see if his soul would offer itself in restitution, that he might see his seed, prolong his days, and that the purpose of HaShem might prosper by his hand
- 53.03 The word translated ‘grief’ in the King James is the Hebrew word khol-ee - disease, grief, sickness (Strong’s Dictionary).
53.04 Surely he has borne our ‘khol-ee’ - our sickness and disease.
53.05 The word translated healed means: cure, heal, physician, repair, thoroughly, make whole.
Both the Jewish Publication Society, and Strong’s Dictionary, affirms the Scripture teaches that on the cross Jesus bore the disease of the world. This is indeed the interpretation the New Testament gives of Isaiah 53:
He…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 (Matthew 8:16-17).
Many Christians have little doubt that Jesus took away our sins, but struggle with the truth that Jesus also took away our sicknesses. Scripture however, as seen in the following verses, often links sin and sickness together in describing the redemptive work of Christ: Psalm 103:2-3; Isaiah 53:5; 1 Peter 2:24; James 5:14-15.
Jesus also linked the two issues together in the healing of the sick of the palsy in Mark 2:9:
Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, arise, and take up thy bed, and walk?
It seems easier to believe for our sins being forgiven than for physical healing, for we have no physical evidence to oppose the truth of forgiveness. With sickness and disease we see and feel the sickness all around us. This is where we need to understand the principle of faith.