Jesus Christ made healing a major focus of his ministry. In announcing the kingdom of God, Jesus demonstrated his authority over the scribes and Pharisees, over demonic powers, and over sickness and disease.
Jesus our Healer (click to listen, rt. click to download)
Often the gospel message goes forth accompanied by miraculous wonders, but many people who have struggled with various illnesses wonder, “Can God still heal me today?” We all live with the tension of existing in a broken, suffering, sin-sick world, while we await the glory of the new heavens and the new earth. All those in Christ will ultimately receive healing, just not on our timetable or preference. Will you still come to Christ and ask him to heal you today? Any healing we receive is a gift of his grace.
Below are some additional notes on healing and faith:
Broader Principles on faith & healing in the Bible:
Evil, pain, suffering, sickness & death are real, and part of life in a fallen world. These things are physical and also a sign of greater spiritual conflict. Some illnesses and diseases are consequences of people’s sinful choices, but the great majority of sickness is simply because we live in a world that is in decay. Notice that Jesus, in John 9:3, does not blame the man’s blindness on a particular sin: “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.”
On this side of the new heavens and new earth Satan uses sickness to afflict & harass, but God uses sickness for present and future redemptive purposes. In 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, the Apostle Paul says that he asked God three times that his “thorn in the flesh” be removed. This illness was both “a messenger of Satan” and also was being used by God to keep Paul from becoming conceited and to show Paul more grace: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
Throughout the Bible, there is often a connection between a person’s faith and receiving healing, but not always directly. Luke 8:48, “Daughter, your faith has made you well, go in peace.” At other times, Jesus raised a man who had died (Luke 7:11-17), or healed a person who is not in the same location (Matthew 8:5-13). Naaman, in the Old Testament, receives healing by washing seven times in the Jordan river, although he was reluctant. King Hezekiah prayed and received healing that extended his life. (2 Kings 20:5-6).
God expects us to come to him, pray expectantly, and ask for healing, but also leave the results up to him. The book of James tells us plainly, “You do not have because you do not ask.” James also instructs those who are sick to have the elders pray and anoint them with oil. 1 John 5:14 reads, “And this is the confidence we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” Most of all, as followers of Christ, we know that Jesus is present with us in our suffering, and he understands our pain.