Archive for May 2009

Discovering Christ the Healer — 13

May 19, 2009

SheepFeedJesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.’ He called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness” (Matthew 9:35-10:1). (more…)

Discovering Christ the Healer — 12

May 18, 2009

HealingBlindPraise the LORD, O my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits-
who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s
” (Psalm 103:1-5). (more…)

Discovering Christ the Healer — 11

May 17, 2009

HealingCrossSurely he took up our infirmities
and carried our sorrows,
yet we considered him stricken by God,
smitten by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was upon him,
and by his wounds we are healed
” (Isaiah 53:4-5).

When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him. When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: ‘He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases‘” (Matthew 8:14-17).

“By his wounds we are healed.” Some Christians take these words to mean that through Jesus’ death we are healed spiritually. When Matthew quotes these words from the prophet Isaiah, he suggests that physical healing is included as well. This would fit with the New Testament understanding of the cross of Jesus Christ. It didn’t just accomplish the forgiveness of our sins, but was the decisive victory over evil in heaven and on earth: “And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross” (Colossians 2:15). (more…)

Discovering Christ the Healer — 10

May 15, 2009

FaithMountainsHave faith in God,” Jesus answered. “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins” (Mark 11:22-25).

Talk about being confident when we pray! Like a couple of other passages we’ve reflected upon, this text isn’t specifically about praying for healing, but what it says about prayer in general certainly has implications for what we’re learning about healing. (more…)

Discovering Christ the Healer — 9

May 14, 2009

HealingParalytic2So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised” (Hebrews 10:35-36).

While this passage isn’t specifically about healing, it tells us important things about faith. Specifically, it refers to faith as “confidence.” We all know how easy it is to lose our “self-confidence.” It doesn’t take much to make us doubt ourselves. The same thing is true about our confidence in God. All it takes is mixed results or a lack of immediate results to make us question whether we’re getting any of this right or whether God even cares. (more…)

Discovering Christ the Healer — 8

May 13, 2009

HealingJairusThen Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts people from every nation who fear him and do what is right. You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, telling the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. You know what has happened throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached – how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him” (Acts 10:36-38).

Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work” (I John 3:7-8). (more…)

Discovering Christ the Healer — 7

May 12, 2009

HealingBethesdaHe said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.’

After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it” (Mark 16:15-20). (more…)