Scripture Reading: Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. — Isaiah 53:4-5
Summary: Part of Christ’s purpose is to minister to the physical and emotional needs of mankind. His ministry, and that of the apostles, was full of healing the sick. Jesus made provision on the cross for the healing of the body. Trusting in the Lord for healing is still a wonderful, active privilege of God’s children today.
I. Prophecy of Christ’s Healing
A. Isaiah 61:1-2 Jesus came to bring healing.
B. Isaiah 53:3-5 He bore our griefs and sorrows.
C. Isaiah 35:4-6 Prophecy of the Messiah’s miracles.
II. Christ’s Healing on Earth
A. Matthew 8:16-17 Isaiah’s prophecy fulfilled in Christ.
B. Matthew 11:4-5 Healed the blind, lame, leper, deaf, and dead. (Matthew 15:30-31).
C. Matthew 4:23-24 Healed all manner of sickness and diseases. (Luke 4:40, Luke 7:21).
D. Acts 10:38 Healed the oppressed.
E. Acts 2:22 Messiah proven by miracles, wonders, and signs.
III. Apostles Healing Power
A. Matthew 10:1, 7-8 Christ gave the disciples power.
B. Luke 10:1, 9 The seventy commissioned to heal the sick.
C. Mark 16:17-20 The Word was confirmed with signs.
D. Acts 5:12-16 Apostles wrought many wonders. (See also: Acts 6:8; 14:8-10; 19:11-12; Acts 28:8)
IV. Gift of Healing
A. 1 Corinthians 12:4, 9 Healing is a gift.
B. 1 Corinthians 12:29-31 Not all have the same gift.
V. Christ’s Power the Same Today
A. Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same.
B. Matthew 28:18 Christ has all power.
C. Ephesians 3:20-21 Able to do above what we ask.
VI. Instructions for the Sick
(Call, Anoint, Pray)
A. James 5:14-16 Elders are to anoint the sick.
B. Mark 6:12-13 Disciples anointed the sick.
C. Acts 28:8-9 Laying on of hands. (Mark 16:18).
VII. Necessity of Faith
A. Mark 11:22 Have faith in God.
B. Matthew 13:58 Unbelief hinders Christ from working.
C. Matthew 17:20-21 Miracle working faith comes by prayer and fasting.
VIII. Importance of Seeking God
A. Psalms 103:2-3 Healing comes from God.
B. Matthew 7:7-11 Ask and it shall be given.
C. 1 John 5:14 Ask according to His will.
D. Hebrews 11:6 God rewards the seeker.
E 2 Corinthians 12:7-9 Healing not always God’s answer.
IX. The Compassion of Christ
A. Matthew 14:14 Jesus was moved with compassion.
B. Mark 1:40-43 Jesus heals a leper.
C. Matthew 9:35-36 The people needed a shepherd.
D. Hebrews 4:15-16 Jesus touched with our infirmities.
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. — Ephesians 3:20-21