Health care costs in the United States will consume close to fifteen percent of the total economic output of the nation. Obesity is epidemic along with high blood pressure, heart attacks, stroke, cancer, and diabetes.
Whether by lifestyle choices; whether by parasites carried in polluted water; whether by disease brought by blood sucking insects; or whether by a respiratory virus carried by birds, a wave of sickness and plague has been darkening the face of our globe. If ever there was a time for Christian believers to lay claim to the miraculous healing power of Jesus Christ, it is now.
The Bible makes it clear, in fact it almost takes for granted, that the disciples of Jesus would “heal the sick.” When Jesus sent out seventy-two of His disciples throughout Judea, He gave them this command, “When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is set before you. Heal the sick who are there, and tell them, the kingdom of God is near you” (Luke 10:8-9 NIV.)
In the Gospel of Matthew, we read of twelve disciples who came to Him and “he gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.” His specific instructions to them were as follows, “As you go, preach this message: The kingdom of heaven is near. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those that have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give” (Matt. 10:1, 7-8, NIV.)
The first chapter of the Gospel of Mark records one day in the life of Jesus after He returned to Galilee. It was the Sabbath, so He went to the Synagogue in Capernaum. While there, He cast a demon out of a demon-possessed man. From the synagogue, He went to the home of Simon and Andrew. He found Simon Peter’s mother–in-law in bed with a fever. He immediately healed her. We read that, “After sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed. The whole town gathered at the door, and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons” (Mark 1:32-34, NIV.)
Shortly afterward, as He traveled around Galilee, a man with leprosy knelt before Him and begged Him for healing, saying, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.”
Jesus’ response was to touch the man and utter these words, “‘I am willing. Be clean.’ Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cured.”
Through the years, many well-meaning Christians assert with great earnestness that it is not “God’s will” to heal people. To them I reply, Jesus Christ is the perfect sinless human being who always did what pleased the Father. In the entire biblical record, there is not, to the best of my knowledge, one single instance in which Jesus Christ refused physical healing to anyone. If He was the perfect expression of the Father’s will, then we must conclude that physical healing through prayer is clearly in the Father’s will. Jesus looked with compassion at a suffering leper who had raised the question, then with great earnestness said, “I will. Be clean!” (Mark 1:40-42, NIV)