Christ’ death on the Cross is so pivotal because it is a place we should look back at and worship the Lord. That is really something we should all do when we face sickness. We are called to take our eyes off of our current condition and look to Jesus. So does the Cross also include physical healing for our bodies today? I believe there is a clear answer from the Scriptures on this question.
Isaiah 53 is such a great chapter. It is one chapter I pray more Jews would read and understand what Jesus did for them. Isaiah 53:3-5 tells us, “But He was pierced because of our transgressions, crushed because of our iniquities; punishment for our peace was on Him, and we are healed by His wounds.” (HCSB).
Now from this some in the cessationists camp believe that Isaiah 53 is only talking about spiritual healing. The Scripture that disproves this idea is Matthew 8. In this passage, Jesus goes to Peter’s mother-in-law who is sick and heals her. They begin to bring people in, one after another. Matthew tells us that Jesus, “healed all who were ill” (Matthew 8:16). The purpose that Matthew tells us was “to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet: ‘He Himself took our infirmities and carried away our diseases.’” (Matthew 8:17). Matthew is making a commentary on the famous quote, “By His stripes we are healed” from Isaiah 53. Matthew is telling us that Isaiah 53 was written about how Jesus physically healed people. Jesus is the same, yesterday, today, and forever. Jesus is still a healer today. I like what David Servant once said, “The Bible is pro-healing. Just think about it for a few seconds. Is the Bible more pro-healing or anti-healing?” God has a heart to see us in health. Obviously, that does not always happen because we still live in this fallen world and are still subject to persecution. Nevertheless, we can know that God is pro-healing.
Jesus healed many people in the Bible, “Your faith has healed you”. Many times, in the four gospels, faith is involved in healing. I encourage you to read the stories about healing. When we do read them, we should be convinced healings take place because of God’s favor through our faith.
All sickness is a result of sin. Sickness and Disease is never a positive thing in the Bible. Job’s friends blamed Job for his sin (Job 4:7-9).Job’s wife blamed God saying, “Curse God and Die” (Job 2:9). When someone goes through a sickness, let’s avoid casting blame on them. Let’s be like the four friends who cut a hole in the roof to lower their disabled friend down. They got him to Jesus and he was healed. Realize that we may not fully understand the exact reason why someone didn’t get healed this side of Eternity.
Divine healing is something Jesus paid for. It is in the atonement of Jesus Christ. When you are sick, go to the Lord. Believe in faith for that healing. Receive your peace even if you are in pain. Ask the Lord to give you joy. Joy that is sustaining. Joy that is like good medicine. Seek the help of others. Don’t fight it alone. Believe and trust that God is a good God! Think about the words of Sam Storms who says, “Let us forever acknowledge that whatever healing and health we experience now is a blessing that flows from Calvary’s tree.”