"Jesus Healing the Sick"

The concept of Jesus healing the sick has always had its critics, even among well meaning religious people. It was that way in Jesus' day, and it is that way now; however, the answer does not lie in man's opinion, but on God's Word. That is the reason we must personally read the Scriptures for ourselves.

Jesus always required the person He was healing to have faith. He said, "according to your faith be it unto you," (Matt 9:29).  Childlike faith is necessary in order to receive anything from God. Jesus could not do many miracles in His own hometown because of their unbelief. (Matt 13:57-58)

According to Scripture Jesus made clay out of spittle and placed it upon a blind man's eyes. He then told him to wash in the pool of shalom; he did and was healed, (John 9:1-7). What if some well meaning individual had convinced the man that the trip to the Pool of Siloam would be a waste of time; would the blind man have been healed? I think not.

In the Old Testament Naaman became infuriated when Elisha told him that he would be healed if he would dip seven times in the Jordan River. When his servant finally convinced him to do as Elisha directed he was instantly healed\, (2 Kings 5:1-15). It required an act of faith and obedience on his part.

Just as Naaman thought dipping in the water was foolish, some may think it foolish to be anointed with oil. They do not recognize it as an act of obedience. God can heal in any number of ways, I used this example to emphasize that God's way often makes no sense to the natural world/mind.

God has given us many examples of how to receive healing. In one Scripture we are told that the "...effective fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much," and that the Elders of the Church are directed to pray for the sick, and to anoint them with oil, (James 5:14-16).

Healing your body is not difficult for God. The New Testament contains many examples of Jesus healing the sick.

Just as He spoke the earth into existence, He can bring healing into your body, or situation. He loves you, and does not enjoy seeing you sick any more than you enjoy seeing your child or loved one sick.

Samuel L. Mills

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