Does God Heal Today?
Does God Heal Today?
Jesus healed with a healing touch by the power of God. In connecting with God, he was able to release the fire and energy of God in the form of healing. He employed various healing methods, selecting whatever was most effective for the individual or the situation before him. He did not always heal the same way and therefore did not leave us a formula of how to go about it. He healed through his very presence, through love, word, touch, and faith. He even healed through spit. Jesus’ most common means of healing though was by speaking words and touching the person with his hand. When he saw a need, he healed from a compassionate heart.
Nearly one half of all the recorded healings in the Gospels involve touching. Jesus held children, washed feet, touched blind eyes and deaf ears, crippled limbs, dead bodies. He touched men and he touched women. Most shocking of all, he touched the untouchables, the lepers. He even allowed notorious women to touch him and to anoint him.
Jesus Expected That His Work of Healing Would Go On
Jesus gathered followers-first the twelve, then the seventy-and he taught them daily about God, about life, and about how to relieve suffering. Can’t you just imagine what it must have been like to be daily with the Master who made their hearts burn within? They went from village to village, traveling by foot. This gave them many opportunities to engage Jesus in discussions that challenged and stretched their faith. All of the Gospel writers tell us that many more stories could be told about how he healed. His disciples were with him day and night except for the times when Jesus would go off alone to pray. When he felt the disciples were ready, he sent them out with clear instructions on what to heal and how to do it. Just imagine what those debriefings must have been like as his followers returned to tell their stories! He was giving them actual hands-on experience to reinforce his teachings. When he was no longer with them, they would be strong enough to carry on the healing work. It was their responsibility to then teach the next generation and on and on through the ages.
There is simply no indication from the Scriptures that Jesus only healed to catch people’s attention or that healing was only something for his first disciples to carry out. He modeled a ministry of prayer, healing touch and anointing with healing oils and then commissioned his followers to go and do likewise. He told them they would do even greater works than he. Sadly, we have not understood these words nor have we understood that Christian healing is part of being a follower of Jesus.
After Pentecost, their courage was strengthened by the power of the Holy Spirit and for the first few hundred years, the early Christians were known for their healing ways. What happened for us to forget our story? We have been without healing as a focus of Christianity for the past 500 years. How do we reclaim the Christian mandate to heal one another? Is healing still relevant for our day or is this best left to the medical world? Sadly, many would acknowledge that today’s health care systems are not only in crisis but are collapsing into chaos in many countries. Is there a better way? What about the prayer, laying-on of hands and anointing with healing oils that Jesus taught his disciples-will they work today? I firmly believe they will. Educational courses that are Christian-based can help us to reclaim our rightful role in healing. We ought to be healing one another-it is our Christian duty as the letter of James clearly states-
“If any among you are sick, they are to call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord.” James 5:14
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