Isaiah 53:4-6 – “Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 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. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” NKJV
With the foundation laid in the last devotional fresh in our minds and on our hearts we proceed. I would like you to consider, with me, some of the reasons I believe Christians (All Christians) can and should receive Jesus as not only Savior but Healer of their physical bodies.
- God is Unchangeable, the Same Yesterday, Today, and Forever.
The fact that He once healed is a truth inescapable in both the old and new testaments. In the Old Testament we see Him as Healer in Exodus 15:26 where He gave Israel an incredible promise, “If you will give earnest heed to the voice of the Ord your God, and do what is right in His sight, and give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians; for I the Lord, am your Healer.” That is part of the Sinaitic Covenant and we know the New Covenant is a better covenant established on better promises. Omitting that from the New would not seem to be better, would it? Just my thought.
In Exodus 23:25 we find the promise to take sickness away and in Psalm 103:3 we find the declaration that God not only forgives sin but heals disease. In Psalm 105:37 the beautiful description of those coming out of Egypt included there was “not one feeble one among them”. Why? God was their healer and health. Remember this is in the Old Covenant. In Psalm 107:20 we read, “God sent His word, and healed them…”
In the New Testament, we find that Jesus is the Healer of man both spiritually and physically. Mark 9:35, we cannot escape the truth that He healed all sickness and disease in various places. We dare not overlook the reality of Mark 6:12 that He gave power to heal to His disciples and if we remember Malachi 3:6 we hear God’s declaration “For I am the Lord, I change not.” Also, Hebrews 13:8 wonderfully declares, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” The word THE SAME is [Ho Autos] meaning the very same identical person in every respect. James 1:17, tells us, “Every good Gift… is from above, and comes down from the Father of Lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” HE DOES NOT CHANGE! What God used to be He is today and will be forever!
He used to be:
Jehovah-Shammah – – The Lord Ever Present.
Jehovah-Jireh – – The Lord Our Provider.
Jehovah-Nissi – – The Lord Our Banner.
Jehovah-Shalom – – The Lord Our Peace.
Jehovah-Ra’ah – – The Lord My Shepherd.
Jehovah-Tsidkneu – – The Lord Our Righteousness.
Jehovah-Rapha – – The Lord That Heals.
What God was HE IS and will be forever! Jehovah includes all three tenses “Past, Present, and Future.”
One of the many reasons I believe that Bodily Healing is included in our covenant is found in what I have just listed but there are more including personal experience. In time to come, I hope to share more on this matter.
Until then I pause and pray that God grant you Grace for the Journey and bless your richly in this day.