Healing Is In The Sacrifice Of Jesus
In Isaiah the 52nd chapter Isaiah begins to talk about Jesus. Remember, Isaiah is a prophet. He begins to prophesy and he’s seeing by the Holy Spirit about 750 years into the future and he’s seeing the life and ministry of the Messiah, Jesus. Let’s see what he tells us in the 53rd chapter.
Surely our griefs He Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried; yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed. Isaiah 53:4-5 NASB
The healing that this verse is speaking about isn’t just spiritual restoration to God; it includes that, but it is more than that.
We had a lady call the office and request prayer for her baby that was in the hospital. This lady knew enough to know where to go for help for her child; she had to have faith that something would happen if a prayer were offered for that child and hands were laid on him. Do you think God would not honor that request? Let’s see what James has to say.
Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him. James 5:14-15 NASB
Notice James says “is there anyone”. That means God doesn’t want there to be any sick among us. But, if there are sick ones among us, they can call for the elders of the church and the elder’s prayer mixed with the person’s faith will make them better. So I knew that if this lady would believe, that the baby would be healed. God would not tell this women no.
Let’s look in Matthew at his account of the centurion that came to Jesus to ask Him to heal his servant.
And when Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, imploring Him, and saying, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, fearfully tormented.” Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.” But the centurion said, “Lord, I am not worthy for You to come under my roof, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to this one, ‘Go!’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come!’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this!’ and he does it.” Now when Jesus heard this, He marveled and said to those who were following, “Truly I say to you, I have not found such great faith with anyone in Israel. And Jesus said to the centurion, “Go; it shall be done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed that very moment. Matthew 8:5-10,13 NASB
Jesus didn’t even hesitate, He said, “I will come and heal him.” And did you notice the answer that the centurion gave him? He didn’t seize the opportunity to have Jesus come to his house and have something to impress his friends with. He was so unimpressed with himself that he basically says, “You don’t need to come to my house. Just say the word.” And Jesus marveled at this and said, “I haven’t even found this much faith anywhere in all of Isreal.” He’s saying the people that should know about this, don’t.
I used to get all the time when I was growing up because I had asthma and allergies. I would get regular respiratory infections at least twice a year and usually more. The doctors gave me a list of things I wasn’t supposed to eat. Well, as you know, I eat anything I want to eat now. Once I found out these verses were true and that I could act on them and they really would work, I just accepted them.
Now it took me some time and anytime you set out to act on the Word the devil will fight you on it. The first thing he will do is turn up the heat. The minute you believe it, he knows his days are over. He thrives on keeping you in the dark. But, once the light comes, darkness flees.