October 12, 2016

The Miracle of Healing

“One day Jesus was teaching, and Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there. They had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal the sick.”
Luke 5:17 (NIV2011)

Do you believe in divine healing today? In our age of modern science and medical advancement, many may be as skeptical as I am of those who claim to be divine healers. You may see them on TV or in huge public arenas. Often associated with their “miraculous power to heal” is a gimmick or pressure to give them money. These religious hucksters peddle the power of God to heal today for personal gain. Yet, the abuse of the miracle of healing shouldn’t cause us to deny that God still heals. In fact, I’ve found that even those who deny the gift of healing will pray earnestly for it when they get sick enough, and those who claim they have some magical formula for healing have to rethink their theology when it doesn’t come.

What does the Bible say about the miracle of healing? As with any other miracle, the miracle of healing comes from one true source – Jesus Christ. He alone is the Source of miracles. Luke, a physician and follower of Jesus, wrote that “the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal the sick.” As needed and gifted as doctors are today and as grateful as we are to live in a world with advanced medicine, if you are to experience the miracle of healing, you must look to the Source of healing, Jesus Christ.

The Bible speaks of a variety of ways in which God heals, as well as different kinds of healing for which we can pray. There is physical healing; Jesus healed in this way on a number of occasions and still does today. I have personally witnessed many occasions where Jesus healed someone physically for whom we prayed, and there was really no other medical explanation. Then, there is emotional healing in the Bible as well. The Psalmist declared,

“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18 (NIV)

Another type of healing is relational healing where God heals the rupture in a relationship and restores families or reconciles friends. Grace and forgiveness heal the pain of separation and the hurt of bitterness. But, the ultimate healing is spiritual healing. Why? Because it lasts forever! All other healing is temporary. You can be healed physically, only to get sick again and eventually die. Lazarus was raised from the dead; but, he would later die physically again. Spiritual healing is eternal! Once again, the Psalmists writes,

“The sacrifice God wants is a broken spirit. God, You will not reject a heart that is broken and sorry for sin.” Psalm 51:17 (NCV)

Which kind of healing do you need today? God always begins with the miracle you need most!