Jesus’ death on the cross and suffering prior to the cross was about much more than ‘only’ your heavenly visa.
In my post, entitled ‘What’s With This Faith Thing?‘, we looked at the role that faith played in the healing miracles of Jesus. But let’s take a step back now, and look at some of the more basic questions concerning healing, such as:
- Does God still heal today?
- Is there any logic to who receives healing and who doesn’t?
- Is there any evidence that it is not always God’s will to heal?
- What about people who have been healed and then ‘lost’ their healing?
In Exodus 15:26 God declared, “I am the Lord that healeth thee“, and in Malachi 3:6 He says, “I am the Lord, I change not“. So if God was the Lord that heals in the book of Exodus, then He is still the Lord that heals today. It may come as a surprise to you, but Jesus did not have to go through the immense suffering that He went through, in order to secure forgiveness for our sins – a sacrificial death was all that was required. But Jesus’ death on the cross and suffering prior to the cross, was about much more than ‘only’ your heavenly visa. If you want to do your own studying on Jesus’ suffering and what it achieved for us, I can recommend the excellent book by Rick Renner, ‘Paid In Full’, which takes an in-depth look at Christ’s Passion.
It would seem strange that Jesus suffered a terrible Roman scourging, if God did not always want people to be healed.
We are focusing on healing, so let’s turn to Isaiah 53:5, which describes the scourging that Jesus received prior to going to the cross. This verse in the Amplified Bible, Classic Edition reads, “With the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole“. Peter quotes this verse in 1 Peter 2:24, but he puts it in the past tense, saying, “With His stripes you were healed“. The difference, is that Isaiah was prophesying of a future event, but Peter was looking back at an event that had already occurred. Notice that neither Isaiah nor Peter said, “By His wounds you will be healed“, or “By His wounds you might be healed (God willing)“. No, it was a definite “you ARE healed” or “you HAVE BEEN healed“. Reading these verses, does not leave any impression that it may not always be God’s will to heal. In fact, it would seem strange that Jesus suffered a terrible Roman scourging (described in the video below), if God did not always want people to be healed.
Healing was available to ALL the people that came to Jesus.
If God is sometimes selective, as to who receives healing and who doesn’t, then surely we would find evidence of this in the ministry of Jesus – but we don’t. Now clearly, Jesus could only be in one place at a time, so there would have been people, even just in Israel, who never got to meet Jesus, but healing was available to ALL the people that came to Jesus. Matthew 8:2-3, tells of a leper that came to Jesus, which had the mentality that many Christians have today – he knew Jesus could heal him, but he wasn’t sure if He would heal him. This would have been the perfect opportunity for Jesus to say, “Well, you know that it is not always God’s will to heal“. Or maybe Jesus could have said “My son, God has allowed this disease to come on you to teach you something“. But that is not what happened! Let’s read these verses from the J.B. Phillips translation: “[The leper] said, ‘if you want to, you can make me clean.’ Jesus stretched out his hand and placed it on the leper saying, ‘Of course I want to. Be clean!‘ And at once he was clear of the leprosy“. Jesus didn’t stop to ask God if it was His will – Jesus knew that it was always God’s will to heal and Jesus was here to do God’s will. Having said that, Jesus did not pray for everybody He came across. At the Pool of Bethesda, Jesus only spoke to the man that God directed Him to. But when people came to Jesus, requesting healing, He did not refuse a single person.
You need to receive healing by faith.
Matthew 12:15 says, “And Jesus healed them all“. However, when you listen to some teaching on healing, you would think it should say, “And Jesus healed some of them“. Or maybe, “And Jesus healed most of them” or, “And Jesus told some of them that God was teaching them something through their sickness“. But the verse says, “And Jesus healed them ALL“. In fact, the only time mentioned in the Bible that healing did not flow freely through Jesus, was when the unbelief of the people in His hometown of Nazareth became a blockage to that healing power (Matthew 13:58). So why is it then that today, not everyone seems to receive healing? Well to give a simple answer, it all depends on faith – you have to believe that God can heal you AND that He will heal you. Or to take it one step further, that He has already healed you and you just need to receive that healing by faith. This is a big subject, which I cannot explore in detail here, but the simple answer is that you need to receive healing by faith. The idea that God is selective in the healing process, does not come from the Bible. It comes instead, from an attempt to explain why it seems like only some people get healed. Never base what you believe on the experience of others, or even on your own experience – always base it on the Word of God and you WILL get the results the Bible promises – sometimes instantly, sometimes it may take patience and perseverance.
God does not do temporary healing.
But what about the times when people seem to be healed, but then whatever they were healed of, comes back on them? Well firstly, God does not do temporary healing. The issue is, that if the person is not firmly grounded in the knowledge and belief that it is a 100% certainty that God wants them to be healed, the devil may try to convince them that they are not really healed. Now, the devil cannot put something back on you that you have been healed of, but he can try to trick you with a symptom here, a symptom there, and if you will accept those symptoms, and begin talking of how you’re getting sick again, having trouble seeing again or whatever it is, then you have opened the door for that thing to return – even though it is completely against God’s will. One of the best ways to increase your faith for divine healing, is to look up and meditate on whatever scriptures you can find on divine healing. I will end by quoting Proverbs 4:20-22, “My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh“.
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