Purpose 1: Jesus heals because He is full of compassion.
A leper came to Jesus “imploring him, and kneeling said to him, ‘If you will, you can make me clean’” (Mark 1:40).
What was the Lord’s response? Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. (Mark 1:41-42)
It was compassion that led to the miracle. Jesus Christ heals people today for the same reason: “Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?” (Romans 2:4).
Purpose 2: Jesus heals because healing belongs to His children.
Once, when Jesus was preaching near the city of Tyre, a Syrophenician fell at His feet, asking Him to cast an unclean spirit out of her daughter.
Jesus said to her, “‘Let the children be fed first, for it is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.’ But she answered him, ‘Yes, Lord; yet even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs’” (Mark 7:27-28).
The Lord saw the woman’s faith, and the daughter was delivered!
If you are a child of the King, it might seem that healing should come to you first, even before unbelievers receive miracles. Yet I watch as those who do not know the Lord reach out in great faith, hungry for the “crumbs,” and time after time He pours out His healing virtue upon these people.
Thank God, healing is often the entry point that helps people receive Jesus Christ as Savior!
Purpose 3: Jesus heals to bring glory to His Father.
On the side of a mountain near the sea of Galilee, we are told:
Great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute, and many others, and they put them at his feet, and he healed them, so that the crowd wondered, when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled healthy, the lame walking, and the blind seeing. And they glorified the God of Israel. (Matthew 15:30-31)
On another occasion, there was a similar response when Jesus healed a paralytic man, and “When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men” (Matthew 9:8).
Perhaps the crowd didn’t understand that the “man” with such great authority was the Son of God, but they were moved enough by what they saw to glorify God.
Healing is a wonderful, awe-inspiring faith-builder that should lead to glorifying Him.
Purpose 4: Jesus heals to fulfill God’s promises.
At Capernaum one evening, “They brought to him many who were oppressed by demons, and he cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: ‘He took our illnesses and bore our diseases’” (Matthew 8:16-17).
When the Master heals, it is a fulfillment of the prophecy spoken through Isaiah and the Old Testament. On the cross, Christ took our sickness and infirmities.
Purpose 5: Jesus heals also to confirm His own Word.
Healing was promised by the Father, then declared by Jesus Christ. He said:
If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me; but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father. (John 10:37-38)
Christ knew exactly why He was sent to earth. He came to perform the works of His Father. Miracles confirm the spoken word of Jesus. He heals to fulfill His personal word to you.
Purpose 6: Jesus heals to show you the power in His blood.
The prophecy declared in Isaiah 54:4-5 was fulfilled 20 centuries ago:
Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.
The blood of Jesus was shed to forgive sin and provide healing—then and now!
Purpose 7: Every time the Lord heals, the devil’s defeat at the cross is exposed once again.
The Word tells us, “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8).
At the house of Cornelius, the apostle Peter said:
You yourselves know what happened throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism that John proclaimed: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. (Acts 10:37-38)
We have the victory! We can live in triumph day by day!
Jesus knows everything about you. He wants the best for you. You are His treasure. He even knows the number of hairs on your head (Matthew 10:29-31).
He desires to show mercy and healing toward you. You are so precious that He died on the cross for your sin and your infirmities. Let the Great Physician bring healing and deliverance to you today!
God wants you to live in divine healing and health. He wants you to understand more and more about divine healing.
That is my prayer for you—a life of miracle healing and health—today and always!
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