Healing is a mystery. I have often wondered why we don’t experience more of it when Scriptures is so clear. And yet I am holding to a Biblical position, even if my experience is not there yet. I strongly believe that in this season we are going to see the healing ministry break forth in powerful ways!
But some may feel, “That’s easy for you to say. You’re well. Would you say that if you were sick?” I believe I would, because I am convinced by the Word of God. And I know of people who have been used in the ministry of healing even while suffering in their bodies. So I affirm, “Jesus wants you well.”
He makes it clear in his meeting with a leper. “While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged, ‘Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.’ Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing,’ he said. ‘Be clean!’ Immediately the leprosy left him…The news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses” (Luke 5:12-15). This Scripture teaches us that…
1 JESUS RESPONDS TO REQUESTS.
Never once did Jesus turn down a request, not even when faith was lacking. On the contrary, he encouraged people to come to his Father by giving them promises: “Ask and it shall be given to you.” He never made a person feel foolish for asking.
2 JESUS WANTS TO HEAL YOU.
What a moving request? “If you are willing…” And a moving response: “I am willing.” God is saying that to you. The Good News Bible reads, “I wants to.” Jesus didn’t heal to prove he was the Messiah. He healed because he was the Messiah, the anointed One who came to reveal a loving, forgiving, powerful Father. Matthew writes that “he saw a great multitude, and felt compassion for them, and healed their sick” (14:14). He once asked two blind men what they wanted. They responded, “‘Lord, we want our eyes to be opened.’” And moved with compassion Jesus touched their eyes…” The word use for compassion is the strongest Greek word for human emotion. He literally felt love deep in his gut. Jesus is moved by human need, not to irritation but to love. He reveals a Father rich in mercy.
3 JESUS MINISTERED IN WORD AND WORK.
Luke says that “crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses (Luke 5:15). Jesus preached with authority and ministered in power. People were awed by his wisdom and stunned by his power. To the discouraged Baptist, Jesus sent word, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor” (Matthew 11:4,5). Word and work! Great combination. (Part 2 next).