Jul 112014
 

physicianJesus twice referred to Himself as a physician. One time He was referring to the rejection of Himself in His native town: “and he said to them, “Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, ‘Physician, heal yourself.’ What we have heard you did at Capernaum, do here in your hometown as well.” (Luke 4:23). This may just have been a passing reference or turn of phrase, though it is worth noting that Jesus had just been reading in the synagogue from Isaiah (Chapter 61) about God’s servant being sent to proclaim liberty, recovery, and healing.

The second time He is recorded as calling himself a Physician can be found in three of the gospels; Matthew, Mark, and Luke. On this occasion Jesus is at Matthew’s house, dining with “tax collectors and sinners”. The Pharisees are grumbling and they ask Him why He eats with such people. Jesus replies; “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance” (Luke 5:31-32).

These two occasions tell us the following:

  • Jesus equates sickness with sin, therefore implying we are all of us sick.
  • Jesus equates healing from this sickness with repentance.
  • Jesus declares Himself to be a physician, in fact the only physician who is capable of dealing with the sickness of sin.

Of course Luke, being a doctor himself, would have been more acutely aware of just what Jesus did. Jesus was a doctor who didn’t need medicine. His word was enough. He spoke and sicknesses left. It wasn’t just physical sicknesses either, He healed those oppressed by demons; He saw body parts grow back, blind eyes see, deaf ears open. He even had control of death itself, commanding Lazarus to come out of a tomb after he had been in there dead for 4 days. That is some power!

The gospels are packed with accounts of Jesus healing people. Jesus loves people, He has so much compassion. On many occasions during His life He would have been tired to the point of exhaustion but He kept going because of this love. We must never lose sight of this reality – God loves people. He loves them so much He gave up His life for them.

We looked recently at the power of the actual name of Jesus. We as Christians have been given the authority to use that name. As apprentices of this great physician we have been commanded to do the same things He did-we can see the sick healed in his name!

Jesus as the author of creation has provided for healing through what is called ‘common grace’. This is the healing grace that is available to all and can be seen in the following:

  • The natural world. There are literally hundreds of plants and herbs containing healing qualities within them which herbalists over the years have used for thousands of remedies.
  • The modern day herbalists we know as chemists have created all sorts of drugs for the healing of many maladies. God has given them this skill.
  • Doctors in the same way have been given skills to diagnose and cure sicknesses, diseases and all manner of other afflictions of the human body. These skills have been developed and improved over the centuries and life expectancy has gradually risen.
  • The body itself has written within its own amazing DNA code the ability to heal itself, continually defending itself against disease and infection.

These and many other ways are evidences of God’s common grace and His desire for us to be well, healthy and whole.

But greater than our need for physical healing is our need for a cure to the greatest illness of all; our sin. Every person healed by Jesus eventually dies; their healing is only temporary. They may live a full and contented life for many more years but they will eventually succumb to the disease that affects every single person: death. Death is the consequence of sin.

As the greatest doctor who ever lived, Jesus knew that the only prescription which would bring a complete cure was His own death. Jesus defeated death (and sickness) at the cross by becoming sin for us. He offered the full medicine at the cross and in doing so defeated death forever. Of course we will still die, but for a Christian this is now described as simply falling asleep; the power of death has been broken. Our death will transfer us directly into the arms of Jesus who paid the full price for our sins.

 July 11, 2014  Posted by at 12:00 pm Healing, Names of Jesus No Responses »
May 132012
 

This week I want to celebrate God’s gift of healing. We have seen quite a few people healed in our church recently and I think it is so important to celebrate what God has done to increase our faith and see even more miraculous things happen. My good friend Martin experienced a really significant healing in his life and he agreed to share it with you. Read on…..

Hello my name is Martin and I want to tell you about how God healed me a couple of weeks ago following years of pain. I am now pain free and can testify to what Jesus has done.

My background is in the building trade.  As with all manual work my back was being put through strain which, without realising it, was causing irreparable damage to my lower spine. Just over ten years ago I found out what the phrase “the straw that broke the camel’s back” really meant. I merely bent down to pick up my young son’s sock and my back simply disintegrated. I was in agony and unable to move. What followed were years of hospital and doctor visits and a prescription of numerous tablets and pain killers, which I have been taking ever since. I had to have pins put in my back to support it which caused immobility, pain and discomfort on a daily basis. I took so many pills every day that I should have been rattling like a child’s toy!  Although this cocktail of prescription drugs deadened the pain there were many other side effects causing further discomfort to my body.

A couple of weeks ago we had a visiting speaker come to our church who has seen many  successes as he has prayed for people, both  in church and on the streets, to receive healing in Jesus’ name. He asked all those with bad backs to raise both arms above their heads. This should have been something I would have struggled to do (and indeed haven’t been able to do since the problems started with my back) as the strain on my lower spine would have stopped me. However, I raised both my arms above my head and I felt something physically move in my back.  It felt better but I couldn’t tell fully whether the pain had gone until the effects of the regular pills I was taking had worn off.

That was nearly 3 weeks ago.  The supply of tablets that I should have started the next week is still sitting in the chemist waiting to be picked up!

I am in no doubt that God has healed me as the pain since that time has totally gone. These are early days but I am enjoying discovering what I can now do with my back without the expectation of pain. I am shortly going to go back to the doctor to have some tests, but even if nothing dramatic shows up on the x-ray, I know that I am now pain free.  I want to thank Jesus for what he has done in me through physical healing, and also in so many other areas of my life. I am a living testimony that Jesus still heals today and I hope that this testimony gives you encouragement and faith for your healing, or for those you know who are sick.

I will be adding this testimony to my ‘blessings’ page. Why not have a look and consider sharing the blessings God has done in your life. It doesn’t have to be a major healing; it may be just a scripture that God has blessed you with.

God bless   Adrian

 May 13, 2012  Posted by at 4:50 pm Healing No Responses »