Mark 9:23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”
Jesus said to him, “If you can believe……”
Jesus was talking to the father of the little boy that was demon-possessed. His disciples had tried to cast out the demon with no success and the father’s faith was evidently shaken and needed a little bolstering from the Lord.
Sometimes our faith is shaken. We get a negative report from the doctor and go for prayer and nothing seems to be any different. Our faith is then shaken and we lose heart in believing that God still heals today. But doesn’t He? Doesn’t the word proclaim in Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”? Yes, it does! If Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever, then wouldn’t we be able to look at His walk on earth and see that if He healed then, that He is still healing today? What happens, then, when our faith is challenged?
Jesus said “If you can….”, leaving me to think that the burden of responsibility for our receiving from God is on us. If we can believe, or exercise our faith for the promise to become a reality then it will happen. Wow, that stretches me, how about you?
We know that it is within God’s power to heal; it often comes down to us believing that it is His will to heal us! Many times we add the phrase, “if it be Your will”, to the end of our prayer. But can’t we know God’s will? I believe we can, by studying God’s word, understand that certain things are clearly shown as being His will in His word.
Hebrews 1:1-4 GOD, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
Jesus is the brightness of God’s glory and the express image of His person. Jesus said it this way to His disciples in John 14:9-11: Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? “Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. “Believe that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.”
Jesus said that when they looked at Him, they were looking at the Father because He and the Father were One. He asked them to believe either based on what He said or what they saw, knowing that it was the Father speaking and doing His works through Him! Today He is still challenging us to believe that He is who He said He is and that He still does what He did over 2,000 years ago. He is still the same healing Jesus today as He was when He walked on the shores of Galilee!
John writes in John 1:18 AMP: No man has ever seen God at any time; the only unique Son, or the only begotten God, Who is in the bosom [in the intimate presence] of the Father, He has declared Him [He has reveled Him and brought Him out where He can be seen; He has interpreted Him and He has made Him known].
Jesus, Himself, has made God known! He has revealed Him, or brought Him out where He can be seen. He has interpreted God for us by showing us examples of how God feels about people and the needs that they have; that He wants to deliver them from the bondage of sickness and disease. He has the compassionate heart of a Father who longs to free His children from the grip of the spirit of infirmity. His heart is to set them free! We see example after example of that through the ministry of Jesus. God’s heart is demonstrated through the actions of Jesus as He walked on this earth.
Luke 4:18, 19 “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”
Acts 10:38 “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
God, Himself, proclaimed that He is the LORD who heals you in Exodus 15:26:
and said, “If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statues, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the LORD who heals you.”
This was written under the Old Covenant. God proclaimed Himself as the “LORD who heals you.” It is written of Jesus in the book of Hebrews that He is the Mediator of a better covenant.
Hebrews 8:6 But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of t a better covenant, which was established on better promises.
If God proclaimed Himself as our Healer under the Old Covenant and Jesus is the Mediator of a better covenant then the New Covenant must include healing as well. The Old Covenant was made obsolete and the New was established on better promises. Promises that secured salvation for the total man: spirit, soul and body. Jesus died that we might have a covenant of healing spiritually, emotionally and physically. In order to understand that we must look back at the original Hebrew definition of the words describing the crucifixion of Jesus in Isaiah 53.
Isaiah 53:4, 5-6 Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.
Let’s look at a few specific words here in these two verses:
Griefs – choliy – Strong’s 2483 comes from the root word chalah which means to be weak, sick afflicted, diseased. So choliy means malady, disease, grief, sickness.
Jesus bore our sicknesses and diseases. He was made sick so we could be healed.
Sorrows – makob or makowb, or makobah; Strong’s 4341 – means anguish, affliction, grief, pain, sorrow.
Jesus carried our pains, our anguish, affliction and sorrow. He bore on His back the stripes that were needed to bring healing for our bodies.
He was wounded for our transgressions.
Wounded – challah – Strong’s 2471 deriving from Strong’s 2490 meaning to puncture or pierce through, to slay.
He was pierced through, His body punctured, slain for our transgressions.
Transgressions – pesha – Strong’s #6588 – meaning rebellion, sin, transgression, trespass.
Jesus was slain for our rebellion, sin and transgression.
Bruised – daka – Strong’s 1792 –meaning to crumble, beat to pieces, break in pieces, crush, destroy, smite.
Jesus was beat to pieces, crushed for our iniquities.
Iniquities – ‘avon – Strong’s 5771 – meaning evil; fault, iniquity, mischief, sin.
He was beat to pieces and crushed for our evil sin.
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him.
Chastisement – muwcar – Strong’s 4148 – bond, chastening, check, correction, discipline, rebuke.
Jesus was disciplined, corrected, rebuked, chastened for our peace.
Peace – shalowm or shalom – Strong’s 7965 – welfare, health, prosperity, peace, wholeness, well-being.
Jesus was chastized or rebuked, punished for our welfare, health, prosperity, peace, wholeness and well-being. This comprises every area of man: spirit, soul and body. Peace, prosperity and wholeness; well-being for the total man.
And by His stripes we are healed.
Stripes – chabbuwrah – Strong’s 2250 – blows that cut in; black and blue marks; bruised, hurt, stripe, wound.
Jesus was beaten with blows that cut into His body to secure our healing!
As we have taken a closer look at these particular words describing the crucifixion of Jesus I don’t see how we could deny the work of His sacrifice on the cross for man’s total redemption: spirit, soul and body.
But to further confirm, let’s look at some scriptures in the New Testament:
Matthew 8:16, 17 When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities And bore our sicknesses.”
Hebrews 9:28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.
1 Peter 2:24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.
Jesus carried our sins, sicknesses and diseases on His back when He was nailed to the cross, redeeming us from the kingdom of darkness and translating us into the Kingdom of God. Physical healing is just as much a part of redemption as forgiveness of sin. We were forgiven of our sin over 2,000 years ago when Jesus hung on that cross. Likewise, we were healed of our sicknesses and diseases when He hung on that cross. Our wholeness was secured for us spirit, soul and body when Jesus was beaten and crucified. But it is not made ours until we receive it.
If I brought a gift to you and said that it was yours, that I had brought it for you, when would it be yours? As far as I’m concerned it was yours the minute I bought it and laid it down before you. But you can turn and walk out of that room and that gift will not be yours because you didn’t pick it up and take it with you. So it is with salvation, whether it is forgiveness of sin or healing for your spirit, soul or body. If you don’t receive it; it will do you no good. It has to be made personal. That is done through God’s grace, by your faith.
Saved — Sozo — Strong’s #4982 To save, heal, cure, preserve, keep safe and sound, rescue from danger or destruction, deliver. Sozo saves from physical death by healing, and from spiritual death by forgiving sin and its effects.
Salvation is a free gift, given by God’s grace and received as we exercise faith for it. The way that we exercise faith is by believing it in our hearts and speaking it out with our mouths.
Romans 10:8-10; 13 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach); that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
You must align the confession of your mouth with the belief in your heart! Salvation is a free gift, but we have to believe it in our hearts and confess Jesus as Lord with our mouths.
Romans 10:13 For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”
Have you called on the Lord for your sins to be forgiven? Have you asked for His healing power to flow through your body bringing healing and wholeness? Have you confessed that Jesus is your Lord and Savior; that He is your Healer? What do you believe in your heart?
Yes, Jesus forgives; He heals and He delivers from oppression. He died for you to be saved, healed, delivered, and set free. The question is this: Will you now receive it?
If you have never asked Jesus into your heart to be your Savior and Lord this is the place of beginnings for you. If you would like to do that just pray along with me and mean this with sincerity in your heart:
Father, I come before you in the name of Jesus. I confess that I am a sinner, both by birth and by choice. I believe that You gave Your Son, Jesus Christ, to purchase my redemption from sin. I ask You to forgive me and save me. I thank You, Lord Jesus, for dying for me and I confess you as my Savior and Lord. Please come into my heart and live through me. I commit myself to you and choose to live for you the rest of my life. Thank You for saving me! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
If you are sick and in need of the Healer, just reach out and receive your healing today! It is yours, Jesus purchased it for you. Exercise your faith to believe for His healing power to flow through your body right now.
Father, I ask You to flow Your healing power throughout my friends’ physical bodies right now. I speak life to their bodies, in the Name of Jesus! I declare that sickness and disease has no right to exist in their bodies, for they are children of God and their bodies are the Temple of the Holy Spirit. Sickness and disease must go right now, in Jesus Name. Father, I thank You for touching them and making them whole! Thank You for healing them! In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
If you prayed with me this morning to receive the Lord Jesus as Your Savior and Lord, I would like to hear from you. You may privately email me if you so desire or leave a comment on this blog. Either way, I want to pray for you and rejoice with you in your decision to follow Jesus.
If you have prayed for healing for your body, I would like to stand with you in faith believing for the manifestation of that healing. You may contact me and I will be happy to offer further assistance in standing in faith believing for the manifestation of your healing. God bless you all!