Is God Ready, Willing and Able to Heal Me?

Is God  Ready, Willing and Able to Heal Me?

An outcast leper once fell down before Jesus and said, “Lord, if you will , you can make me clean. Jesus touched him and said, I will. Be clean.” (Mat. 8:2,3). ‘Lord, if only you’re willing, you’re able…’ It’s one thing to be sure that God canheal you; that he is able to heal you. It’s completely another thing to be sure that God is willingto heal you. And still another thing to be sure that God is ready to heal you now. If that leper were you, would the story have ended in the same way? We can become sure about how Jesus deals with sick people, both then and now, by studying his ministry in the Gospels.

 In the Gospel of Matthew, in addition to the thirteen records of individuals being healed, there are at least ten accounts of Jesus healing large groups of people, sometimes thousands, in one place. The only requirement for anyone in these multitudes to receive healing was that the sick person must either come to Jesus or be brought to Jesus by others.  That was a sufficient demonstration of faith. There were no other restrictions or conditions.

 If you are you sick or injured, read the following passages carefully, putting yourself in each passage.  As you read consider these questions.

       1. Did Jesus show any partiality by healing some in these multitudes and passing others by?

       2. If you had been present in one of these multitudes in Christ’s time, and had asked him for healing, would he have healed you also?

       3. If he would have healed you then, is there any scriptural reason he would not be ready, willing and able to heal you now?

“ Jesus Christ the same, yesterday, and today, and forever .” (Hebrews 13:8).

The following compilation of scriptures is based on Matthew’s Gospel (KJV). Some excerpts from parallel passages in other gospels have been inserted (in italics and noted) where they supply additional information.

Matthew 4:23 And Jesus wentabout all Galilee, teachingin their synagogues, and preachingthe gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. 

 Matthew 4:24  And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they broughtunto him all sick people that were taken with diverse diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatic, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them. 

Matthew 4:25 And there followed him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judaea, and from beyond Jordan...  (Luke 6:17c-19)  and from the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, which came to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases;  And they that were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed.  And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all.

Matthew 8:14-17 And when Jesus was come into Peter's house, he saw his wife's mother laid, and sick of a fever.  15  And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them. ( Luke 4:40) Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with diverse diseases brought them unto him ; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them. 17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying, He took our infirmities, and bore our sicknesses. (See also Mk 1:32-34).

Matthew 9:35 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teachingin their synagogues, and preachingthe gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.

Matthew 11:2,3  Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples,  3  And said unto him, Are you he that should come, or do we look for another? (Luke 7:21-22) And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight.   Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached. 

Matthew 12:14-15 Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him. 15  But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from there: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all… (See also Mark 3:5-12).

Matthew 14:12-14  And his [John’s] disciples came, and took up the body, and buried it, and went and told Jesus.  13 When Jesus heard of it, he departed from there by ship into a deserted place apart: and when the people had heard thereof, they followed him on foot out of the cities.  14  And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick. 

Matthew 14:34-36  And when they were gone over, they came into the land of Gennesaret.  35  And when the men of that place had knowledge of him, they sent out into all that country round about, and brought unto him all that were diseased; (Mark 6:55b,56) and began to carry about in beds those that were sick, where they heard he was.  56 And whithersoever he entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets,    36  And besought him that they might only touch the hem of his garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly whole.

Matthew 15:29-31  And Jesus departed from thence, and came nigh unto the sea of Galilee; and went up into a mountain, and sat down there.   And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus' feet; and he healed them:   Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel. 

 Matthew 19:1-2  And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these sayings, he departed from Galilee, and came into the coasts of Judaea beyond Jordan;  And great multitudes followed him; and he healed them there.

 Matthew 21:14  And the blind and the lamecame to him in the temple; and he healed them.

If you had been in any of these groups, you would have watched Jesus heal hundreds of people before you, turning none away. When your turn came, would you have expected him to heal you too, or refuse you? If he would have healed you then, is there any reason he would not want to heal you now?

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The works of Jesus show the will of God.

The healings that Jesus performed teach us about God’s will for sick people. The works of Jesus on earth (including healing) were visible expressions of the will of God in Heaven, according to the following scriptures.

John 5:19  Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.

 John 5:30  … I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.

John 5:36  …the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me.

John 6:38  For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.

John 10:37-38 If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.  But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.

 John 14:10  Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

Jesus’ works included impartially healing all who came to him when they came, because it was the Father’s will. What about your case?

Is it the Father’s will to heal you now?            YES ???                     NO ???

 If you are unsure, study again these and similar passages until you can answer a definite yes or no.

Tracts  #HEA-3 and #HEA-4 may also be helpful.

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