Jesus Is Still
The Bible tells us that we still live in a day of miracles and that those miracles are for you and me. Are you sick in your body? We serve a healing God! Are your finances lacking? We serve a God of Provision! Is your heart broken, or do you feel lost and alone? We serve a God who heals the brokenhearted and promises to be closer to you than a brother! We find no record in the Bible of Yeshua turning away anyone who came to him for healing, nor do we find that any disease was too difficult for him to heal. Miraculous healings still occur today!
The Purpose of Divine Healing is to Glorify GOD and continually reveal that God is a compassionate God that sent His Son Yeshua to die for us. Through Him, sickness and disease had come under the authority of Yeshua's name and shed blood when He sacrificed His life for us. In the Book of Acts, we find three important truths that we need to grasp:
1. Yeshua is still the Healer.
2. Healing comes from Yeshua alone.
3. The purpose of divine healing is always to glorify Him.
Why did He Heal
So Many People?
To get their attention: Yeshua knew that by meeting a physical need, the door would be open to speaking about His greatest mission—to bring salvation to souls. We see the same pattern throughout Yeshua's ministry. Whenever He made any intangible claim, He backed it up with a tangible act of compassion. For example, He was the bread of life and fed 5,000 people with a few bread loaves.
To prove He could forgive sin: How do you prove such an intangible thing? Firstly, Yeshua lived in a culture where the assumption was that sickness was a result of sin. Secondly, based on the same assumption, healing often comes with forgiveness of sin. To prove that He had the power to forgive sins, He said to the man who was lowered down through the roof on a mat, “Friend, your sins are forgiven…take your mat and go home” (Luke 5:20).
To prove He was God:Yeshua healed many to prove He was the Messiah. Only One has authority to forgive sin—God alone—a charge the Pharisees made when Yeshua healed the sick and at the same time forgave their sins. He was claiming that His authority was from God and that He was sent from God. As he began his ministry, Yeshua quoted from the prophet to describe his work on earth, which was essentially to preach the good news and minister to people “Luke 4:18 ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me proclaim good news to the poor. to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed’,”
To show His compassion: Yeshua healed because he cared. There is no record of Jesus turning anyone away who asked for his help. In Matthew 9 And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. ] When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them because they were harassed and helpless like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest….
To show that He is the Lord of all of life: Yeshua is the Lord of compassion—not just Lord of our souls but of our bodies as well. In those days, the multitude being very great and having nothing to eat, Yeshua called His disciples to Him and said to them, "I have compassion on the multitude because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And if I send them away hungry to their own houses, they will faint on the way; for some of them have come from afar." Here is Jesus’, the true God’s, concern, and value of the whole person—soul and body. That crowd was three days with Him hearing Him preach. Their souls were certainly well fed and blessed by the Lord’s word. And certainly, He rejoiced in that—but He also cares for the body. The one who cares for the people in their bodily needs is Jesus, the one true almighty God.
To show that salvation starts now: Yeshua's wonderful compassionate willingness to reach out and touch our physical needs demonstrates that it’s not just future tense, but present tense. Salvation starts NOW. He heals in this life. At this moment, he can fill every willing person that comes to the knowledge of Yeshua with anticipation of a miraculous life and a glorious eternal promise.
The Healings Did Not
End With Jesus
He Said They Would Continue: Thankfully, healings did not end with Yeshua. He told his disciples they would do greater things. In the Book of John Yeshua, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I am doing. He will do even greater things than these” (John 14:12).
The Apostles Continued His Work: Nothing in the New Testament says or even implies that the healing ministry would stop at the end of the New Testament. In fact, it says the opposite. Healing ministry will continue in the age of the Church through His Body of individual believers and the corporate body. The apostles continued their work. Jesus Is Still The Healer! Jesus is still the healer today. “Divine healing is an integral part of the gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the Atonement, and is the privilege of all believers (Isaiah 53:4,5; Matthew 8:16,17; James 5:14–16).”
The ministry of Yeshua and the apostles give evidence that divine healing was integral to the gospel message's proclamation. It was an important witness to our Messiah as the revelation of the Father, the promised Messiah, and the Savior from sin (see John 10:37,38). The Bible shows a close connection between the healing ministry of Jesus and His saving, forgiving ministry. His power to heal was actually a witness to His authority to forgive sins (Mark 2:5–12). Frequently the gospel writers testify that His healing miracles parallel His preaching of the gospel, both being His ministry's purpose (Matthew 4:23; 9:35,36). People came from all directions to hear Him and be healed (Luke 5:15; 6:17,18). He never turned any away but healed all varieties of sicknesses, diseases, deformities, defects, and injuries (Matthew 15:30,31; 21:14). He also delivered people from demons and the problems they caused (Matthew 4:24).
The Power Comes
· Not From Ourselves: Without faith in Yeshua, there is no healing. Yeshua challenged
people to have faith in "HIM." He said to a leper in Luke 17, “Your faith has made you
whole.” But faith was a response to the person of Yeshua, who was the Son of God.
Therefore, only faith in the name and power of Him and Him alone brought healing.
· Not From Within: Healing does not come from within us, whether through mental effort,
human will, or positive thinking. It is not a matter of getting everything in balance either. A
great, satanic error of our day teaches that healing flows from inner peace or balance, which is taught by New Age Philosophers, Eastern Religions, or therapies as positive thinking to realign "carma." No, Healing comes only from the hand of Jesus.
Why Isn’t Everyone
Why do people get sick in the first place?
The Bible gives a theology of sickness as well as a theology of healing. Both are too comprehensive to deal with here. But there are several reasons for sickness. The first is sin. The Pharisees were right that some get sick because of sin but wrong that all get sick because of sin. In 1 Corinthians, we are warned about abusing the table of the Lord. “That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you sleep.” Sickness definitely is related to the curse that took place in the Garden.
But to the question: Why do some get healed and others don't? The question that better serves our topic: Do you need healing today? If you have faith in Yeshua, and your belief is genuinely rooted in the knowledge that He is the ONE, The ONE that God sent to die for you, Be assured that He has come to heal you of your physical need or any need that you have. It would be best if you only believed and not doubt.
How Do We
Our prayers for healing tend to be, “Yeshua, heal me because I want to serve you more, I don’t want pain, or I want to be a testimony of your faithfulness. But it is better served that we respond, “Whatever brings You glory, Lord, and I believe you can heal me." It is important to understand that God cares for you and loves you deeply in a way that no human love can give. For this reason, God sent His son. He came to die for you. IF you are a child of God, respond with your petition in the blood of Yeshua for healing. Do not doubt. Rather believe, and with confidence come to your Heavenly Father. It’s all about Him!