23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. 24 News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and he healed them.
Matthew 4:23-24, New International Version
We are empowered to do the work of Christ, that is, to seek and save the lost.
It is good for us to know that there is both the “finished work” and “unfinished work” of Christ. The finished work of Christ is the basis of the gospel and the unfinished work of Christ requires every believer to preach the gospel and make disciples of all people.
As believers, we should always discern the season and inquire of the Lord how we can best reach others for Christ. The Apostle Paul models for us that the message of the gospel is unchanging but our strategies are not. However, one good thing we must take note of is that Jesus often healed the sick and He has commanded us to do the same.
There are three Greek New Testament words used to describe healing: sozo (holistic healing of spirit, soul and body); iaomai (instantaneous healing) and therapeuō (recovery, cure) and they all have their places in our lives.
It is important not to make instantaneous healing more “important or greater” than progressive healing. Jesus modeled for us these two kinds of healing during His earthly ministry. While Jesus instantly healed the woman with the issue of blood; He, however, healed the blind man progressively. This is to say, not all of our problems are resolved at conversion, but our problems are resolved as we yield to the life of Christ in us — for He seeks to save us wholistically. As such, when we pray for the sick and weary, we don’t create pressure for ourselves or put pressure on others — but simply avail ourselves to the healing grace of Christ.
How do we create a healing culture in our church?
The key is by embracing our identity in Christ!
When we know who we are, what we have and what we can do, we can pray and lay hands on each other and see each other recover.
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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