Healing For All
Is healing for all or is it just who ever God decides to heal?
A lot of people think that God just decides who to heal, I think I will just heal him and him and her but that is it for today.
Some people try to put healing off on the sovereignty of God, like each case is a special case and needs Gods special decision to see if he will heal them or not.
But the good news is that healing has already been provided by the grace of God and is available to all by grace and not by special permission. Healing is part of our redemption and as much as we are born again healing belongs to us and is available to us.
Matt 4:23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.
Jesus went about preaching, teaching and healing… the information came first and then the demonstration…healing all manner of sickness and diseases.
Matt 8:16-17 When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.
Let’s go back and see what Isaiah said… Isa 53:4-5 Surely he hath borne our grief’s, (disease, sickness) and carried our sorrows (grief, pain, sorrow) yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 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.
He healed all that were sick to fulfill what was said by Isaiah the prophet, Isaiah was prophesying here about the work of the cross or the work of redemption. Healing for us always belongs to the work of redemption.
They brought to him all the sick and he healed them, how many sick people did they bring…all, how many did he heal… it says he healed them, so we understand that he healed all that were brought to him.
Matt 9:35 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
What did he do first… teaching, preaching and then a demonstration. Let’s look at some of the healings and see what we can learn from them…
Matt 8:2-3 and, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
The first question most people ask is this one, is it the will of God for me to be healed? Jesus showed us the answer to that he said I will or it is my will to heal.
The leper was a Jew and was probably very poor, begging for a living, living outside the city as an outcast, living in the caves…
Matt 8:5-7 And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.
This man was a rich gentile and he didn’t want the healing for himself but for one of his servants who wasn’t even there…and Jesus healed him.
Matt 8:14-15 And when Jesus was come into Peter’s house, he saw his wife’s mother laid, and sick of a fever. And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them. Peter’s mother in law was a Jew and she was old, she was a widow and her sickness wasn’t too bad it was just a small thing…and Jesus healed her.
Matt 9:20 And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment:
Here is the woman with the issue of blood, she was sick for 12 years, she was wealthy and she spent all her money on doctors and now she was poor, Jesus didn’t judge her, he didn’t rebuke her and say “if only you had come sooner you would still be wealthy” or he didn’t say “Oh! You’re coming to me now all your money is gone, why don’t you go back to your doctors” No! He just healed her.
Matt 9:18 While he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, my daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live.
Here is a man, he was a ruler of the synagogue, he came on behalf of his daughter who was dead, she was just a child, but Jesus healed her…
Sometimes we make all the excuses, I am too old, I am too young, it’s too hard for me to get healed, my sickness is not so bad, my sickness is too bad, nothing is impossible with God and it is his will to heal all who come to him.
Healing is part of the work of Christ; it is part of our redemption. We just need to believe it and receive it.
Multiplicities of Healings
Matt 9:27 And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou Son of David, have mercy on us.
Luke 17:12 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off.
What does the scriptures have to say about sickness and healing? A lot of people are confused about healing, is it for today, does God want me healed, did healing pass away with the apostles? If you look back at the book of genesis you will see that everything that God created he saw that it was very good. God did not create sickness or disease, they were a by-product of the fall of Adam. They were not in the plan of God for man so where do they come from?
Look at Job ch 1 when Job was in God’s hands everything he had was blessed, he was prosperous, he had his family and friends around him, but when the devil got hold of him he lost everything, his cattle, sheep, family, friends and then his health.
Job 2v7 So went Satan forth from the presence of the lord, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.
Look at what happened when God intervened.
Job 42v10 And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. God called Job’s afflictions captivity, they weren’t a blessing from God, Job was held captive by his afflictions and by the enemy. Look at people who have cancer, they are held captive to that disease; the people who have aids are held captive by that disease. God is not for captivity; it says that he turned the captivity of Job.
Luke 13v11-12 And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. It doesn’t matter to God how long you have been in captivity he will release you. Jesus seen her, God sees. It was not his will for her to be in this condition, he said it was a spirit of infirmity. Jesus said she ought to be loosed. Actually Jesus said she ought to be loosed because she was a daughter of Abraham not because she was standing in front of Jesus the healer, she was healed because she had a covenant. Look at what Peter under the anointing called sickness.
Acts 10v38 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.
He called it being oppressed by the devil; if sickness was a blessing from God then Jesus spent his entire ministry fighting the move of God. It says Jesus went about doing good, healing is good. It says Jesus healed all who were oppressed by the devil.
Matt 4v23-25 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatic, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them. And there followed him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judea, and from beyond Jordan.
Jesus healed all manner of sickness and disease and great multitudes followed him, no wonder they followed him. Jesus only did what he seen the father do.
John 5v19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, verily, verily, I say unto you, the son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the son likewise.
Where did Jesus see the father heal, not in heaven because there was no sickness there?
Exod 15:23v26 And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah. And the people murmured against Moses, saying, what shall we drink? And he cried unto the Lord; and the Lord showed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute (law) and an ordinance (judgement), and there he proved them, and said, if thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee.
God’s first revelation of himself after he brought them out was as the healer I am Jehovah rapha,
rapha: repair thoroughly, make whole Jehovah is God’s eternal name, I am that I am, everything that you attach to the eternal name God is eternally.
God was showing them what they had come out of, the life they lived under the rule of the enemy was only bitterness, sickness, disease, poverty, slavery, with nothing to look forward to. God brought them out of slavery in Egypt and showed them that it was only bitterness, but he had something greater for them.
Ps 105v37 He brought them forth also with silver and gold, and there was not one feeble person among their tribes.
God treated everyone the same, all prosperous, all healed, all set free and he revealed himself as God the eternal healer, not the eternal sickness giver. That tree was a type of the cross or the finished work of Calvary and when it was cast into the bitterness the bitterness became sweet. Sickness and disease aren’t sweet, poverty isn’t sweet they are bitter. They aren’t of God, God wants to reveal himself to us as the eternal healer.
Jesus healed all who came to him, you and old, rich and poor, if you came on behalf of someone and he even healed many people at the same time, healing is the will of God, it was in the O.T. and it is in the N.T. and it is today.