In that wonderful 53rd chapter of Isaiah, prophetic of the sacrifice of Christ, the prophet begins by asking the question: "Who hath believed our report, and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?" Here we have a truth of a wonderful thing that happened nearly 2000 years ago, when it is reported or made known to any one in need for soul or body it will make them perfectly whole, if they meet the conditions laid down in the Word.
Now then, what is the report? Let me try, through the word of God, to establish you hearts in the fact that we are serving an unchangeable God. Not, as some people look upon Him, as the great I WAS, but great I AM. Did Jesus include Healing for the physical body in His Great Sacrifice on the Cross? We say, through His Word, Yes, as real as Salvation for the soul. As Isaiah was given the vision of the sacrifice of Christ he exclaims:-"Surely He hath borne our sickness, and carried our sorrows," then in the following verse he combines salvation for the soul, and healing for the body: "He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed." Praise God our sickness was laid on Him as well as our sins.
Then we have Peter linking salvation and healing together. "Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree." 1 Peter 2:24. The reader may say this refers to spiritual disease. Now then, we find Jesus in His ministry going into Peter's house, whose wife's mother is sick. When the evening was come they brought unto Him many that were possessed with devils, and He cast out the spirits with His word, and healed all that were sick. That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esais the prophet:--"Himself took our infirmities and bare our sicknesses" Sickness then came to us through the fall of our father Adam. In the image of God we were created.
Praise God, there is no sickness in heaven! Therefore we must admit we are a fallen and undone race, not only in our souls but our physical bodies. Our remedy was complete at Calvary. In HIs sacrifice Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil. On the Cross He not only bore our sin, but the dire result of sin, sickness.
When on earth His ministry was forgiving sin and healing the sick. The two were not divided but went hand in hand. Should they not be the same today?
What then, someone asks, has happened with the Christian Church? It is answered by the prophet Isaiah, chapter 59, verse 2. "But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, that He will not hear."
When the multitudes pressed upon Him in the days of long ago, He had compassion; His heart yearned; none were too weak or too far in the dark but His all-seeing eye reached, Can you claim His love has waned since then. Praise God, the things He loved to do then, He still loves to do to-day. Only one thing hindered the working of His power when He walked this old world. That thing was unbelief. Faith is the key to that power. Unbelief is the key that shuts out. Oh blessed light that shines in the darkness even though the darkness comprehended it not.
Suffering one, see Jesus only, the Blessed Burden Bearer, carrying our sins, bearing our sicknesses, enduring our pain. Oh that the world might see Thee.
"Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts," saith He, "for whether is easier to say, thy sins be forgiven thee, or take up thy bed and walk." In the Divine plan salvation and healing should never be divided. Has the Roman whipping post no message for you. Were His stripes only a form he had to endure? Ah no. Come with me. The hour is approaching for His death. Emerging from Gethsemane's garden, condemned by Pilate before they led Him up to Calvary's hill, His back is bared. Lash, lash, lash on the gentle back of the gentle one of Nazareth. Was He whipped that my sins might be taken away? Ah, no, His blood on the tree was sufficient for that. It was here He bore our suffering and "by His stripes we are healed." But someone asks:-"Has not that been done away with?" Sorry to say it has by backslidden man, but the plan remains. "I am the Lord, I change not."
Listen to the words of Jesus: "The works that I do shall ye do also, and greater works shall ye do because I go unto my Father." "All power," says He, "is given to me in heaven and in earth. Go ye, therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Holy Ghost, teaching them to observe all things, and lo I am with you, even unto the end of the world." Matt. 28, 18-20. As ye go preach the gospel. Not politics, or social reform; but cleanse the leper, heal the sick, etc. Lay hands on the sick and they shall recover. Mark 16: 17-19.
Some may say we have no right to call on God to remove our sickness, because He sent it. If the sufferer believes God sends sickness, why go to hospitals and doctors, etc. and spend thousands of dollars to get healed. If anyone thinks that, why not say, "Amen, Lord, I will suffer it because I am in your will, and what you will is best." No, the Word points out that sickness came into this world through the devil, but praise God, Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil. Jesus is the same unchangeable one. In the fifth chapter of James we are given instructions to anoint the sick with oil, and the prayer of faith will save the sick. This does not mean we shall never die, because there comes a time when we go home, without suffering and groaning all our lives with a disease it is possible to be healed by looking to Jesus.
In conclusion, remember that:
1st.--Divine healing was not only for the Apostolic age, because you cannot find in the Word one passage to confirm that it has been withdrawn. Man has fallen from faith with the spirit of this age of delusion, nevertheless when the Son of Man cometh will He find faith on the earth?
2nd.--Divine Healing was not for those who were serving the God of this world. "Sin no more lest a worse thing come upon thee." John 5:14.
3rd.--Some believe their diseases incurable. "Who healeth ALL thy diseases.
4th.--Should we help the Lord a little? "Believe ye that I AM ABLE to do this? Yea, Lord, then touched He their eyes saying, "According to your faith be it unto you." They did believe because their eyes were opened.
Jesus is our ransom, and He has redeemed the mortgage that was registered upon us by the curse. Gen. 2:17. "In the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." The atonement then meets our every need. "Where sin did abound grace doth much more abound.
As we are partakers of flesh and blood, He also took part of the same, that through death--which was physical--He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is the devil, and deliver. Heb. 2:14.
Since then the penalty was physical death, that is why Jesus had to die that kind of death, to taste if for me. With whom was He grieved forty years? Was it not with those whose carcasses fell in the wilderness? Heb. 3:17.
The children of Israel were bitten with serpents, and to save them from a physical death the brazen serpent was erected. "Even so must the Son of Man be lifted up." Some people look at their diseases, but through the atonement we can look and live. If you continue to look at your wounds you will die. "I will ransom them from the power of the grave: I will redeem thee from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction; repentance shall be hid from my eyes." Hos. 13:14.
Divine Healing then is ours through the atonement and by His stripes many today are being healed.
We Pentecostal people pray for the sick from time to time and will be glad to ask God to help you.