That You May Know
Jesus is the promised Messiah whom the prophets wrote about. He came to reveal Himself to the Jews first and then to all others. He came in power and glory to the world, which He created to demonstrate His love for us and this demonstration went all the way to the cross of calvary (Romans 5:8). He gave His life for all mankind. He came to seek and save the lost. We only find forgiveness of sin in Him. He is the Way, Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father except through Him (John 14:6)
Jesus came to forgive sins and become a substitute sacrifice for us. So, why did He heal the sick? Why does He command us to lay hands on the sick so they will recover ( Mark 16:18)? There are many valid biblical answers to these questions, but let’s focus on what I would consider one of the main reasons Jesus heals the sick.
The answer is found in the above scripture. A paralytic man is brought to Jesus. He is in need of physical healing but his greater need is salvation. Jesus addresses his greater need by forgiving the sins of the paralyzed man. Jesus then perceived that some were reasoning in their hearts. It’s like they were saying to themselves, “who does He think He is. He doesn’t have the power to forgive sins.” So Jesus then states His reason for healing the paralyzed man by saying, “but that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins, I say to you arise, take up your bed and go to your house.”
Everyone glorified God saying, “we never saw anything like this!”
Did you see it? He released the power of healing not only to bless the crippled man, but also to show that He has the power to forgive sins. One of the main reasons Jesus heals the sick then and now is to demonstrate His power to forgive sins. Now we know that is not the only reason He healed Him. In verse five of this chapter, the bible says Jesus saw their faith. Jesus healed everyone who ever came to Him in faith. Without faith it’s impossible to please Him (Hebrews 11:6). We also know that Jesus is moved with compassion to heal (Matthew 9:35-36).
So why should you and I continue to pray the prayer of faith (James 5:14) over those who are sick? To demonstrate that Jesus has the power to forgive sins. The bottom line is all about salvation. Even Lazarus who was raised from the dead, died again. Physical healing is not the hope of our salvation. Forgiveness of sin and eternal life in Christ is the hope of our calling. Healing is God’s will, and when healing occurs, God is glorified and sinners are saved. Healing is a great benefit of our covenant with God, but forgiveness of sin is the greatest benefit (Ps 103:2-3).
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