If you had the power to take away your child’s illness, would you do it?
The Divine Exchange
When I had a sickness as a child, my mother would always say ‘I wish I could have it instead of you’. How many of you have said that to your own children? Such is the love of a parent, willing to do anything, even exchange places, to spare their child from pain. Of course my mother was powerless to change places with me. Jesus however is all powerful and this is exactly what happened on the cross. Healing is part of the Atonement, part of the divine exchange. This proves his willingness and his heart to heal those he loves.
Wow! This is completely awesome! Jesus carried your cancer, depression, chronic pain, heart failure…whatever the diagnosis or symptoms in your body, so you wouldn’t have to. Jesus went through hell, so you and I would be completely healed and made whole. There is no evidence that the healing of diseases is secondary to forgiveness of sins. It isn’t an afterthought or additional benefit just thrown in for the a select few.
Yet how sad that most Christians don’t believe this truth?
The Willingness of Jesus
Do you ever doubt God’s willingness to heal? Perhaps you were ill for many years, or maybe you prayed and prayed for someone, but they still died. Now you think that it must be God’s will. The more we believe this lie, the more we look around looking for evidence to support it. God’s will doesn’t automatically come to pass in a person’s life. Just because something goes wrong in the natural, doesn’t mean it was God’s desire.
The Bible however is very clear; it is always God’s will to heal. Otherwise, we’re saying that Jesus didn’t carry our sickness to the cross, which is a lie. If the truth sets us free, then believing a lie, will keep us bound.
“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers” 3 John 1:2
God wishes above all things that you and I are in good health. He is our perfect Father in heaven, whose will for us is always too good to be true. Jesus is the ‘exact representation of God’, healing all who came to him.
When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Matt 8:1-2
How do you think Jesus responded?
Jesus says the same to you today. ‘I am willing’. Why would God be willing to heal the leper and not you? Just because we don’t always see healing here on earth, does not mean it isn’t God’s desire. To not believe this truth, is to dishonour Jesus. God wants you well, more than you do. He allowed his own Son to carry your illness, to spare you from carrying it.
The Cross has healed you
It’s so crucial we see that this is past tense. It’s not that God will heal, but the healing has already been done!
“by whose stripes you were healed” 1 Peter 2:24
This is where a lot of us get confused and even upset. Peter isn’t saying that we stick our heads in the sand and pretend we don’t have symptoms, or a diagnosis. He’s not undermining any illness or dismissing the misery some face. He is saying, that whilst we’re in pain or suffering, we look to the cross; this is where the healing has been accomplished.
The Finished Work
We don’t fight for victory, we fight from victory; resting in the finished work of Christ. Begging or pleading for God to heal us shows a lack of understanding for the ways of God and doubts his willingness. Often people pray ‘God will you please heal me’. We can’t ask God to do something he’s already done! Instead why not pray ‘Thank you God, that according to your Word, the stripes of Jesus have healed me.’ This is confident and assured; a more effective way to pray. The key is to not look at our situations in the natural; there is no power here. Instead we take our eyes off the natural realm, and into the spiritual realm.