Healing can be such a hard subject to understand because we still have sickness in the world and Christians still get sick too.
Matthew 4:23 – And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people. (Verse 24) Then His fame went throughout all Syria, and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them.
When Jesus was on this earth it’s evident that He healed people, but does He still heal today? Simple answer, yes He does. Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. But there are still questions that most of us have:
If Jesus heals today, why do I still get sick?
Psalm 103:1 – Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name! (Verse 2) Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits; (Verse 3) who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, (Verse 4) who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, (Verse 5) who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagles.
Did that passage just say, “Heals all your diseases?” Is it easier to believe He forgives all iniquities than to believe He heals all our diseases even though these two statements are in the same verse? Actually, these two phrases are in several places together in the Bible.
Isaiah 33:24 – And the inhabitant will not say, “I am sick”; the people who dwell in it will be forgiven iniquity. Isn’t that curious that sickness and iniquity are together? Does that mean healing and forgiveness are connected? And would that mean that repentance is connected to our healing? Just something to think about.
Isaiah 53:5 – But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes, we are healed.
It says, “Are healed,” present tense, but look at how it is quoted in the New Testament: 1 Peter 2:24 – who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness – by whose stripes you were healed. In the New Testament, it says, “Were healed!” Isaiah is looking forward to the cross and Peter looks backward to the cross.
Now, look at “He bore our sins,” but did He also bear our sickness? Isaiah 53:4 – Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. “Grief” in Hebrew means “sickness.” Twenty times in the Old Testament it is translated sickness, disease, or sick.
However, if you are still having a hard time to understand this, look at what Matthew says: Matthew 8:16 – When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, (Verse 17) that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, “He Himself took our iniquities and bore our sicknesses.”
Confirming that He bore our sins and bore our sicknesses, Matthew used the word “sickness” instead of the word “grief.” But why do we still get sick? Did Jesus bear our sins on the cross? Yes, but do we still sin? Yes! If Jesus bore all my sins, why do I still sin and need to still be forgiven?
Yes, Jesus bore all my sins on the cross, but I’m not a perfect Christian and still sin. And He bore all my sickness on the cross, and yet I still get sick. Make sense? Why? Because we live in a fallen sinful, sick filled world. But the good news is a new world is coming where there is no sin or sickness!
Jesus bore on the cross: The penalty of our sins; the power of our sins; and He bore the presence of our sins. He also bore penalty, power, and presence of our sicknesses.
Penalty – we have been saved. Power – we are being saved. Presence – we will be saved; past, present, and eternity! If you are a believer then Jesus has saved you from the penalty of sin. The punishment for our sins was put on Him. One day we will be saved from the penalty of sickness and one day we’ll be saved from the “presence’ of sickness – no sin or sickness in heaven.
However, right now, present tense, I’m being saved from the “power” of sin and the power of “sickness.” The more I let His word get in me the more power I have to overcome sin and that power to overcome sickness comes from God. Please hear me: “God will never put sickness on you to discipline you no more than He would ever make you sin to prove a point!
Exodus 15:26 – …”I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the LORD who heals you.”
So how do I receive healing?
How did you receive forgiveness of sin? By grace! Ephesians 2:8 – For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is a gift of God, (Verse 9) not of works lest anyone should boast.
It is by grace through faith that I am saved. Not by faith alone or I take the credit, but by grace through faith. When it comes to healing, we get confused and think we need “great faith’ to be healed.
Healing is a “grace mentality,” not a “works mentality.” It’s God’s grace that gets us forgiven and it’s God’s grace that gets us healed! Our healing will come the same way our “getting saved” came – by grace! Remember what Jesus said. “If you have the faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Be ye removed!’ ” It’s not by faith nor by works, it’s by grace!
What if I’m not healed?
We trust God regardless! Philippians 1:20 – Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. We trust God for our healing and we trust God no matter what happens, in life or death. Yes, we live in a fallen world but we still trust God no matter what.
God loves us and only wants the best for His children, but sometimes things happen out of our control. That’s why we trust God in the good times and the bad times. He knows the end from the beginning! Just as we “believed and were saved,” “believe and receive healing!” God bless you all!