Healing

Healing in Jesus’ name with a Word: A Look at John 4:46-54

Jesus heals an official’s son. Image source unknown

There are many stumbling blocks to the faith of believers today regarding divine healing in Jesus’ name. But the Word of God is clear: Jesus’ death and resurrection gave US, His children, the authority to heal the sick.

We are not indwelt by a diluted Holy Spirit but the full power of God living inside us to, “heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give,” (Matthew 10:8).

The blood of Jesus Christ doesn’t pick and choose. It’s available to anyone who chooses to appropriate its power by faith. And that blood atoned for sin, the very root of sickness, therefore paid for healing in full for ALL (as well as any and all things that were birthed into the earth because of it).

Destroy the root – sin – then ALL that grows out of it is also destroyed: sin, sickess, demonic afflictions and infirmities, death. Only believe!

The Lord is His goodness not only applied His blood to sin – the root of all sickness, death, and destruction – to ensure we understood that physical healing is IN FACT included in the atonement, He gave His physical body over to be beaten and striped. Why? So we could be assured that the His death and resurrection and the purpose of His shed blood was NOT only for the remission of sins but for physcially healing of ALL manner of sickness and disease.

1 John 3:8 says, “He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” Sin and everything that grew out of sin – sickness, etc. – is of the devil. The VERY reason Jesus came in the flesh was to destroy the works of the devil – including sickness.

“When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses,” (Matthew 8:16-17). A cross-reference to the physical healing prophecy, Isaiah 53:4, and confirmation of 1 Peter 2:24.

The atonment includes physical healing. Be not deceived by rejecting His blood and truth for yourself through unbelief.

Let’s read John 4:46-54

“So Jesus came again to Cana of Galilee where He had made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman whose son was sick at Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee, he went to Him and implored Him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. Then Jesus said to him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe.”

The nobleman said to Him, “Sir, come down before my child dies!”

Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your son lives.” So the man BELIEVED the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way. And as he was now going down, his servants met him and told him, saying, “Your son lives!”

Then he inquired of them the hour when he got better. And they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.” So the father knew that it was at the same hour in which Jesus said to him, “Your son lives.” And he himself believed, and his whole household.

This again is the second sign Jesus did when He had come out of Judea into Galilee.”

One stumbling block to receiving healing for some may be that they believe someone must lay hands on them for them to be healed. Thus, they are putting their faith into the formula of laying of hands to receive healing, but the Word teaches that spiritual authority in Jesus’ name trumps the physical or natural realm.

We too can pray IN BELIEVING FAITH for someone in another city, state, or country in Jesus’ name to be healed, and see them healed. Don’t allow formulaic thinkigk to keep you or a loved one sick: “Oh no, woe is we. Unless we can get to that healing conference, our loved one will never be healed.” If that’s what they are putting their faith in, then it could work out for them that way. But, they don’t have to.

The Word is Spirit and power and life and travels faster than the speed of light – it’s instant – it’s “let there be light” SUDDENLY when spoken in Jesus’ ALL powerful name.

Addressing religious, pharisaical critics whom the devil will get to hyperfocus on exactly ONE verse above in order to kill their faith THEN use them to attack divine healing, attempting to kill the faith of others

“Then Jesus said to him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe,'” (John 4:48).

I have seen cruel, venomous attacks spewed by other Christians onto their brothers and sisters. These attackers take verses like John 4:48 out of context, falsely accusing believers of being “sign chasers” simply because they take God for His Word regarding healing and miracles being for today.

Jesus already knew what it would take for people to believe in Him. Why would He go about doing COUNTLESS signs and wonders to demonstrate the kingdom of God had come near them of He was anti-signs? He wouldn’t.

Jesus promised us in Mark 16:17, “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues.” The devil is a liar. God’s people who simply take Him for His Word are not sign chasers.The Holy Spirit causes signs to follow those who BELIEVE.

Those who deny the power of the Holy Spirit and the atoning blood of Jesus Christ to heal, do not believe. AKA unbelief – the healing and miracle blocker as per Jesus. Therefore, signs will not follow them. Because they choose to base faith on personal experience and sight, and not the Word of God, they give place to the devil, allowing satan to use them to attack others who do believe.

Mark 16:20 says, “And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the Word through the accompanying signs. Amen.” Signs, miracles, healings, and wonders, do what? Confirm the Word of God. No wonder the devil has worked so hard to use even God’s own to attack divine healing.

John 20:30-31 says, “And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.”

Why would signs cause people to believe? Because Jesus said this, not man, Jesus: “And heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you,’” (Luke 10:9). Divine healing is proof the Kingdom of God has come near someone as we are carriers of His Kingdom because of the Holy Spirit.

“And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen,” (John 21:25).

Matthew 24:24 says, “For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.” The devil is an imitator of everything God does – his version a twisted, evil lie of course. But the Lord is not going to allow the enemy to outshine Him. His people are called to make His glory shine in the earth. Come on! Let’s go!

It’s time to take God for His Word, church, and heal the sick in His name. To show the world that His kingdom as come near them through us, His walkig, living, breathing church.

God wants people well and loosed from the captivity of sickness. Not bound with the works of the devil in their bodies. “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give,” (Matthew 10:8).