On our mission trips we see Jesus heal a lot of people. This shouldn’t surprise us because Jesus taught that those who believe in Him would place their hands on sick people and they would get well. [Mark 16:18 NIV]. Yet every time I come home from a mission trip and tell people about a healing I saw, people are amazed! Some of them say things that suggest that they don’t really believe it, like, “Why does it happen there and not here?” Why indeed?
To me the answer for why healings happen so frequently is because that’s what Jesus said would happen. Jesus not only said that healings would happen but He commanded us to make them happen! He said, “As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons.” Matt.10:7-8 NIV
Jesus of course wouldn’t tell us to do something He wouldn’t do Himself. Jesus healed the sick a lot, and He healed them just about everywhere He went. At least ten times in the New Testament it says that Jesus healed everybody who came to Him. [Matt.4:24, Matt.8:16, Matt.12:15, Matt.14:14, Matt.14:36, Matt. 21:14, Mark 6:56, Luke 4:40, Luke 5:15, Acts 10:38].
Not just a few, but everybody. And after Jesus rose from the grave and ascended into heaven, Peter and the apostles also healed all who came to them on at least one occasion. “Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by impure spirits, and all of them were healed.” Acts 5:16 NIV
I have noticed that healing provokes more healing. What I mean by that is where one healing happens others soon follow. I believe this is because seeing a healing right before your eyes makes it easier for you to believe that it can happen to you too.
When you or I are dealing with sickness or injury, we need all the faith we can get. One of the reasons Jesus did so many healings and commanded us to do likewise was to build the faith of those who would hear about them.
When you see a healing, it builds real faith. The Apostle Paul knew that and said that he would rather have people put their faith in God because of a demonstration of His power than because of “wise and persuasive words”, even if those words are the gospel message. He said, “My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.” 1 Cor.2:4-5 NIV
Of course, we need to hear the good news preached, but we also need to see demonstrations of God’s power for our faith to be strong. It’s been said that “A man with an argument is no match for a man with an experience.” Never is this more true than when someone needs a healing. People who have seen healings are in a much better place to have faith for their own healing than those who have been taught about healing but have no real experience with it.
Just about everybody is going to face some kind of battle with sickness or injury before they die. I have seen and grieved over too many Christians who have entered that battle unprepared. They may have had faith for their sins to be forgiven and to go to heaven, but they just couldn’t muster the faith to believe God for a miracle of healing.
When our faith gets tested, many hope that God will heal them, but hope is not faith, and it is faith that moves mountains. Matt. 17:20 NIV. Ultimately the best hope of many becomes medical science, and we thank God for that, but as you know sometimes medical science just isn’t good enough.
Your healing and the healing of your loved ones was taken care of by Jesus when he suffered on the Cross. As the Scripture says, “…by his wounds we have been healed.” Isaiah 53:5, 1 Peter 2:24 NIV. He hung there and died to give you access not only to the grace to have your sins forgiven but to the grace to have your body healed. As Jesus said to the Pharisees,
Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’?’ Luke 5:23 NIV
The same God who has forgiven your sin wants to heal you. Do you believe this? If you do, come join me in this declaration: “Lord, we believe that your death on the cross means life for us, so we declare and believe that me and everyone else who needs healing is being healed right now, in Jesus’ Name.“
I believe many people who have made that declaration have been healed. It has also been my experience that many will not get healed. I don’t understand all the reasons for that but I do know one thing. Jesus heals!
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