DOES JESUS HEAL TODAY
Matthew 4:23-24 ‘Jesus traveled throughout the region of Galilee, …. And he healed every kind of disease and illness…. people soon began bringing to him all who were sick. And whatever their sickness …. he healed them all.’
Divine healing is a difficult subject to understand. Sickness comes to Christians and non-Christian alike. Many people have had family members who passed away prematurely because of a sickness.
However in Matthew 4:23-24 we see that Jesus healed every kind of disease and illness. So, does He still heal today?
Many years after Jesus’ ascension into Heaven, the author of Hebrews wrote:
Hebrews 13:7-9 ‘Remember your leaders who taught you the word of God. Think of all the good that has come from their lives, and follow the example of their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. So do not be attracted by strange, new ideas. Your strength comes from God’s grace, not from rules about food, which don’t help those who follow them.
Psalm 103:1-3 ‘Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases.’
In this same verse we have healing of the spirit; forgiveness of our sins, and healing of the body.
It appears that forgiveness of sins and healing of the body go together in many verses.
Isaiah 33:24 ‘The people of Israel will no longer say, “We are sick and helpless,” for the Lord will forgive their sins.’
Isaiah 53:5 ‘But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.’
1 Peter 2:24 ‘He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed.’
Isaiah looked forward to the cross. The apostle Peter looks back to the cross.
Isaiah 53:4 ‘Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins.’
In this verse weakness is sicknesses and sorrows is diseases.
Matthew 8:16-17 ‘That evening many demon-possessed people were brought to Jesus. He cast out the evil spirits with a simple command, and he healed all the sick. This fulfilled the word of the Lord through the prophet Isaiah, who said, “He took our sicknesses and removed our diseases.”
So why do we still get sick?
Did Jesus take away our sin on the cross?
Yes, but we still sin.
Jesus took upon Himself:
- The penalty, power and presence of our sins.
- The penalty, power and presence of our sicknesses.
Penalty – Past
Power – Present
Presence – Future
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, forever.
Here is another way to say it:
- We have been saved
- We are being saved
- We will be saved
When we believed in Jesus and His sacrifice on the cross for us:
We have been saved from the penalty of sin.
As we keep on trusting in Jesus everyday:
We are being saved from the power of sin.
One day when Jesus Christ will return:
We will be saved from the presence of sin.
The more we let God’s word dwell in us – the more it takes effect on our spirit, soul and body.
Psalm 107:20 “He sent out His word and healed them snatching them from the door of death.”
Remember: God will never put sin or sickness on us to discipline us.
God said to His people in the Old Testament:
Exodus 15:26 ‘He said, “If you will listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, obeying his commands and keeping all his decrees, then I will not make you suffer any of the diseases I sent on the Egyptians; for I am the Lord who heals you.”
HOW DO I RECEIVE HEALING?
How did we receive forgiveness of sins?
By grace, through faith.
Ephesians 2:8-9 ‘God saved you by His grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.’
Just as we receive forgiveness of our sins by grace, through faith; in the same way we receive His healing of our mind and body.
We need to learn to confess what Jesus has done on the cross for us.
- I’m forgiven
- I’m healed
Jesus took our sins and diseases and infirmities on the cross.
WHAT IF I AM NOT HEALED?
Trust God no matter what!
Philippians 1:20 ‘For I fully expect and hope that I will never be ashamed, but that I will continue to be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past. And I trust that my life will bring honor to Christ, whether I live or die.’
We live in a fallen world and we are all going to die at some point, ‘but Christ will be magnified in my life.’
We have not yet been saved from the presence of sin and sickness.
But we trust God for healing!