I’ve had the occasion recently to doubt God’s desire to heal. Maybe I’m meant to endure this. Maybe I’ll learn something from it. For one moment in time, deceived by the enemy, I thought God was just being God, and it was good for me.
NOTHING IS FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH. In sin, sickness, and infirmity, Jesus completely defeated the devil! He is the Healer.
Time and time again, across the gospels, He healed the sick. No illness or disease, physical or mental incapacity was exempted from His healing work. He healed all ages, the young and the old. He healed all cultures. Multitudes crowded around Him, seeking to touch the hem of His garment, and the Scripture says He healed them all. (Lk 6:19) Only when people doubted His willingness to heal could He not perform a miracle. (Mk 6:5)
Jesus’ redemptive work on earth is described fully in Acts 10:38. “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.” 1 John 3:8 confirms this saying Jesus came to “destroy the works of the devil.” (1Jn 3:8) This has not changed. Jesus’ victory provides everlasting life, yesterday, today, and forever. (Jn 3:16; Heb 13:8) What He did then is what He is still doing today. He was the Healer during His life on earth; He is Healer now for all who will call on His name.
He has provided abundant life to all who will believe. (Jn 10:10) Though it may not look like anything has changed on the outside, though our doubts still spin within, with the stripes laid on His back, Jesus proved Himself as Healer for all time. He does not count these lightly, but each one is precious. Each drop of blood He shed matters. With His death, He bore our griefs and carried our sorrows. (Is 53:5) With His Resurrection, He became complete salvation.
I choose to take hold of all that His gift of grace contains. Today and always, Jesus is my Healer.
“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5)
“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” (1 Peter 2:24)
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Suzanne D. Williams, Author