In this second article in the series, Encountering God, I want to look at an aspect of the nature and character of God that is often underplayed in our world, that is, His power to heal. That is, in times of sickness, He is Jehovah Rapha, the Lord who heals. In Exodus 15:6, we read these words:
The work of salvation – the sinless life, atoning death and triumphant resurrection of Jesus Christ – is not only complete, it is comprehensive. It touches every dimension and sphere of life, the whole man, spirit, soul and body. Six hundred and fifty years before Jesus was born, Isaiah prophesied that He (Jesus) was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities, and that the chastisement of our peace was laid on him and by His stripes we are healed. In other words, one of the key aspects of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, His work of salvation, is to bring not only spiritual healing, restoring the broken relationship between God and man, bringing forgiveness and transformation, but to bring physical healing.
I believe that God’s salvation plan includes our physical healing. Acts 10:38 sums up this major aspect of Jesus’ ministry and what we read about throughout the gospels. We see many examples of the physical healing ministry of Jesus. He (Jesus) healed the blind, the crippled, lepers, and the woman who had suffered for twelve years with a blood haemorrhage. For all these people and countless more, Jesus showed up as healer of the body. God in the person of His Son Jesus showed up as the God who heals. By appearing as such, God demonstrated through Jesus that He had authority over sickness and every kind of disease.
I don’t know what your physical condition is or what prognosis the doctors have given, but one thing I know, that the Lord who heals, Jehovah Rapha, is willing and able to heal you. Two specific examples come to mind. A Roman military leader came to Jesus and said to him (I paraphrase), ‘You don’t need to come to my home. Speak the word only and my servant will be healed.’ Jesus commended the faith of the man and spoke the word because the Roman understood authority and how it worked, and in that moment, the servant was healed. The second example is the story of a leper who came to Jesus. He believed that Jesus could heal but his words portrayed an aspect of what was going on in his mind. He said, ‘Lord, if you are willing, you can make me whole.’
Whilst he believed that Jesus could, the leper doubted Jesus’ willingness to heal him. I want to encourage you by saying that Jesus is not only able to heal, he is willing to heal. All you have to do is call out to Him and he will show up as Jehovah Rapha, the God who heals.
The Bible says, ‘They looked unto Him and were radiant, and their faces were not ashamed. This poor man cried out to Jesus and the Lord heard him, healed him and delivered him from all his troubles.’
You, too, can cry out to Jesus, and experience Him as the God who heals.
Copyright Emmanuel Mbakwe © 2013
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