And thus He fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah, He Himself took [in order to carry away] our weaknesses and infirmities and bore away our diseases.
Matthew 8:17 AMPC
When you read books about such events, you can see how diverse in description are the miracles that take place. Where does this come from? I believe that confidence needs to be placed in the power of the word. The work of Christ on the cross and our openness to the Holy Spirit to move in such a manner is paramount. I am convinced that it is not about us. It isn’t about something I have done or how good I am or even the belief tradition that I come from. Healing is the Father’s way of honouring the Son.
Isaiah 53 says He took our infirmities and carried our diseases. Scripture teaches us that Jesus died a substitutionary death on the cross. He took all of our sins upon Himself. This is plain teaching among evangelical Christians. Yet Matthew goes on to say that He took our infirmities and carried our diseases. Is Matthew teaching us that the power of healing can be directly related to the cross of Christ? If that is true, then the power to heal is directly tied to the death of Christ. If so when we pray, it is not about us. Nor is it about our giftedness or our ability to believe. Our giftedness and faith come directly from the power of Christ’s substitutionary death.
This was alluded to in the New Testament when the man who had been lame for years at the temple gate was healed. Peter asked them why are you surprised. Do you think it by our power or Godliness that this man can walk? Peter said this has happened to glorify His servant, Jesus Christ. (Acts 3). That is a beautiful liberating way to approach healing. It removes from you any need or pressure to perform.
Many ministries have collapsed because of this. They have felt the pressure from the people to continue to do what they had seen. This is indeed a very slippery slope. It is not about us. It is about Him and our personal relationship with Him. There is no formula for this matter. When we trust and are in a sense of awe and expectation, great things happen. God makes it clear that His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts. Yet He is able to lead us and guide us and in spite of us not because of us show forth His glory.
It is absolutely important that we put our trust in God’s ability. Satan will come against any pure flow of God’s love and purpose therefore it is paramount that we put our trust in the power of the blood of Christ. The scripture says that the believer is to lay hands on the sick and they shall recover. That is pretty far reaching. The implications of that teaching I am still endeavouring to deal with. It isn’t because I have to, but I trust that in spite of myself, God will be glorified in what I do.
Healing is needed today as much as it ever has been needed. That is our challenge to believe God and simply trust Him at His word. Christ has paid the price and we stand in the sure ground.