By Bill Brandstatter
While I am writing this article, President Trump along with some in Congress are getting ready to overhaul the current health care plan.
However a long time ago health care was on agenda. God’s agenda was and still is, to help people who are sick physically and spiritually. God heals today. Jesus mentioned the need for a physician. After healing a paralytic men lying on a bed Jesus said, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick” (Matt. 9:12). He was obviously referring to Himself as a “physician.” But, He was also stating a need for all people. Sick people need to see a physician. In Mark 5:26 we read of a lady who suffered many things because of the treatment given by physicians. After reading scriptures in the synagogue, Jesus said, “You will surely say this proverb o me, ‘Physician heal yourself!” (Luke 4:23 NKJV).
Jesus used prayer when He was suffering physically. While in Gethsamane, He prayed, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me.” (Matt. 26:39 NKJV). In that same chapter we learn that Jesus prayed the same prayer three time saying the same words (Matt. 26:44). Later, James wrote, “The prayer of faith will save the sick” (James 5:15). James was not referring to faith only since Jesus had earlier recommended a physician for those who were sick. God works today through the physicians and through the avenue of prayer.
God is also concerned about spiritual sickness as well. Isaiah prophesied about the healing of Jesus.” He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.” (Isa. 53:5) In that context, Isaiah is writing about transgresses and iniquities. Spiritual healing only comes through Jesus. All healing originates with God. Do we have a desire to be healed from our sins? We need His blood (Rev. 1:5; Matt. 26:28) Are you in Christ where His blood is (Rom. 6:3-5; Acts 22:16)?
– Bill Brandstatter preaches for the Marion Church of Christ in Marion, IL. He may be contacted through the congregation's website: http://marionchurchofchrist.com/