Saturday, December 18, 2010
“He sent His Word,
and healed them”
With so many of my friends going through sickness, operations and facing so many health issues I believe it is important that we never lose sight of who the great Physician is. I have been meditating on the wonders of how he cares for each of us no matter what we are going through. There are so many passages in scripture that remind us to keep our hope in Him
HEALING IS IN CHRIST’S ATONEMENT….
He bore it all “Surely He hath borne our griefs (literal Hebrew is “sicknesses”) and carried our sorrows (pains); yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But 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” (Isaiah 53:4-5).
He healed all the sick “…and He…healed ALL that were sick: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying, ‘Himself took our infirmities and bare our sicknesses’” (Matthew 8:16-17).
By His stripes… “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” (I Peter 2:24).
In Deuteronomy 28:15-22, 27-29, 35-61 we read that all sickness and disease is a curse of the law. But in Galatians 3:13 we then read that Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law:
Redeemed from the curse “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, ‘Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree’ (Galatians 3:13).
HEALING IS THE WILL OF THE FATHER….
God is our healer “…for I am the LORD that healeth thee” (Exodus 15:26).
Healing as God’s blessings “And ye shall serve the LORD your God, and He shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee. There shall nothing cast their young, nor be barren, in they land: the number of thy days I will fulfill” (Exodus 23:25-26).
Healing and protection “There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling…with long life will I satisfy him, and show him My salvation” (Psalm 91:10, 16).
He heals all diseases “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not ALL His benefits: Who forgiveth ALL thine iniquities; Who healeth ALL thine diseases” (Psalm 103:2-3).
The power of His Word “So shall My word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11).
Jesus anointed to heal “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and power: who went about doing good, and healing all who were oppressed of the devil…” (Acts 10:38) Christ is the Healer, the enemy is the oppressor; we need to appropriate Jesus’ finished work on the Cross.
Leper “And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped Him, saying, ‘Lord, if Thou wilt, Thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth His hand, and touched him, saying, ‘I will; be thou clean” (Matthew 8:2-3).
Fever “And when Jesus was come into Peter's house, he saw his wife's mother laid, and sick of a fever. And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them” (Matt 8:14-15).
Paralytic “Some men brought to him a paralytic, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, ‘Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.’ At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, This fellow is blaspheming! Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, ‘Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? Which is easier: to say, Your sins are forgiven, or to say, Get up and walk? But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins...’ Then he said to the paralytic, ‘Get up, take your mat and go home.’ And the man got up and went home” (Matt 9:2-7).
Bleeding woman “And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, ‘If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.’ Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering” (Mark 5:25-29).
Blind man “So Jesus answered and said to him, ‘What do you want Me to do for you?’ The blind man said to Him, ‘Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.’ Then Jesus said to him, ‘Go your way; your faith has made you well.’ And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road” (Mark 10:51-52).
Cripple woman “And a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, ‘Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.’ Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God” (Luke 13:11-13).
Lepers “As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, ‘Jesus, Master, have pity on us!’ When he saw them, he said, "Go, show yourselves to the priests." And as they went, they were cleansed. (Luke 17:12-14).
Withered hand “And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, ‘Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath day?’ that they might accuse him. And he said unto them, ‘What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the Sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out? How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the Sabbath day.?’ Then saith he to the man, ‘Stretch forth thine hand.’ And he stretched it forth; and it was restored” (Matt 12:10-13).
Jesus: God’s will in action Jesus said of Himself, “I came not to do My own will, but the will of Him that sent me” (John 6:38). Everything Jesus did was the will of the Father, for He was the will of God in action. If you want to know if healing is God’s will, look at Jesus. “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, to kill and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).
Jesus healing every sickness and disease “And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching…and preaching…and healing every sickness and every disease among the people” (Matthew 9:35).
Great multitudes healed “And great multitudes came unto Him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus’ feet: and He healed them: insomuch that the crowd wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel” (Matthew 15:30-31).
Jesus’ constancy “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).
The importance of faith “For verily I say unto you, that whosoever shall say unto this mountain, ‘Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea,” and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith…therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them” (Mark 11:23-24).
Greater works “Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also: and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto My Father” (John 14:12)
These signs shall follow… “And He said unto them, ‘Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature…and these signs shall follow them that believe; in My Name shall they cast out devils…they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover’” (Mark 16:15, 17-18).
One way the church is to respond to the sick “Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: and the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him” (James 5:14-15).
God’s desire “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth” (3 John 2).
The believer is an overcomer “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4).