The fourth miracle of the cross:
THE WONDER OF HEALING
Look to Jesus
Praying for the sick is a command: We pray, Jesus heals. I have seen many people healed by Jesus. A miracle should never become something commonplace, for it was paid for with a high price. But what do you do when healing has not (yet) come? This Bible passage in Hebrews answered my many questions years ago about healing: ‘Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not made subject to him. But now we see not yet all things subjected to him, but we see Jesus51.’ We read here that ‘everything’ (including all sicknesses) is subjected to Jesus, but we also read that we do not yet see ‘everything’ (including all sicknesses) subjected to Him! The truth of the wonder of the Cross is that we are healed by His wounds. The fact is that we do not yet always see all sicknesses subjected to Him.
Faith is that we do not deny the facts, but subject them to the truth that we have received healing through His wounds! This is a delicate balance. That is why it is of great importance that we grasp hold of the following five words in all circumstances: ‘But we do see Jesus!’
This is the testimony of the apostle Paul, through whose hands God performed supernatural works. Yet he too knew periods of sickness and hardship in his personal life: ‘You remember why I preached the gospel to you the first time; it was because I was sick. But even though my physical condition was a great trial to you, you did not despise or reject me. Instead, you received me as you would an angel from heaven; you received me as you would Christ Jesus’52.
The Galatians saw Jesus Christ in Paul, despite his illness. Let us too not ‘despise’ or ‘reject’ those who are ill, but let us see Jesus Christ in them. Don’t let us allow our eyes to be focussed on the sickness or those who are sick, but on Jesus alone.