Several stories from the Bible chronicle how Jesus miraculously healed the sick. He blessed the deaf with the ability to hear, He cured a man suffering from leprosy, and He even raised people from the dead. These acts of healing lead many of His followers to call him the “Divine Physician.” His compassion towards those who have faith in Him and God the Father caused Him to devote a significant portion of his ministry to curing people of sicknesses and even demons. As Christians, we draw strength from saying, “Jesus can heal me” whenever we are faced with physical and emotional suffering. But can Jesus actually heal us if we call for Him?
Yes, Jesus can heal us, but it’s essential to understand that He heals those who seek Him and have faith in His divine power. In fact, in most stories in the Bible that dealt with the topic of healing, people had to actively seek out Jesus before they were cured. The Bible teaches us that both physical and spiritual healing is available to those who seek the Lord whole-heartedly and embrace the truth of His divinity.
In this article, we will look more closely at the healing power of Jesus and the reasons why He spent most of His time dedicated to this portion of His ministry. We will also discuss if Jesus can heal us if we call for Him, and why some people never receive the gift of healing.
The healing power of Jesus
In the short number of years that Jesus Christ walked the earth, He spent most of His ministry curing the sick and expelling demons. One of the most famous examples of healing came in Luke 7:13-15 in which Jesus encountered a man who had died and was being carried out of a town called Nain. Jesus felt compassion for the man’s mother because he was her only son, and she was also a widow.
13 When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her, and he said, “Don’t cry.” 14 Then he went up and touched the bier they were carrying him on, and the bearers stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” 15 The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.
There are also no records in the Gospels that narrate how Jesus turned away a faithful who was asking to be cured. In fact, in Matthew 15:21-28, we saw Jesus heal the son of a Canaanite woman who was demon-possessed even though she was not a Jew. This shows us that He does not favor any particular religion or background and that expelling demons was also a primary focus of His ministry.
28 Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.
These stories are just a few of the many accounts from the Bible, which shows how Jesus Christ delights in acts of healing and restoration. Indeed, there is no affliction that is too difficult for Him, even the sufferings of our heart and soul.
Why does Jesus want to heal us?
Although we know that Jesus can perform miracles, many people often want to know why He cares about them in the first place? Let’s explore why His ministry has always been focused on healing and restoration.
1) To show us His compassion
The Bible shows us that Jesus not only has compassion for us, but He also expresses grief and feels the sting of our emotional suffering. This is portrayed beautifully in John 11, in which Jesus encounters the sister of His friend Lazarus who had recently died.
33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 34 “Where have you laid him?” he asked. “Come and see, Lord,” they replied. 35 Jesus wept. 36 Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”
The story of Lazarus provides a more in-depth look into the heart of Jesus. It shows us that when we feel pain and anguish, He understands on an emotional level and has empathy for us when we encounter life’s challenging situations.
2) To reveal God’s glory to all of us
God’s plan for each one of us is often much more significant than we would ever imagine. However, this doesn’t always mean we will never encounter storms along the way. A consistent theme in the Bible is God using unfair circumstances so that more people can bear witness to His miracles. John 9:3-4 (NIV) gives us a clear illustration of this as Jesus’ disciples asked Him about a man He healed who was blind from birth:
3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.”
Through healing the blind man, Jesus has shown us that God’s power is magnified in those who seek relief from infirmities and spiritual conditions. We also discover that often people may experience suffering not because of something they have done wrong, but because through their testimony of healing, other people will want to experience the same mercy in their own lives.
3) To destroy the works of Satan
The devil’s power and influence in our lives are enhanced when our faith in Jesus is weak. However, a complete absence of Jesus in our life can lead to more severe consequences such as demonic possession. In the Bible, Jesus encountered and healed many who were possessed by demonic spirits, and never abandoned them the way society had done. A powerful illustration of this was in Mark 5 when He was approached by a man who was possessed with many impure spirits collectively named “Legion.”
1 They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes. 2 When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an impure spirit came from the tombs to meet him. 3 This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. 4 For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him. 5 Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones.
9 Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” “My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.” 10 And he begged Jesus again and again not to send them out of the area.
11 A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside. 12 The demons begged Jesus, “Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them.” 13 He gave them permission, and the impure spirits came out and went into the pigs. The herd, about two thousand in number, rushed down the steep bank into the lake and drowned.
Breaking the bondage that Satan attempts to place on us through demonic possession or influence is an essential component of why Jesus wants to heal us. While Jesus and demons are in direct opposition to the other, the playing field is not equal. Jesus has complete authority over Satan and his demons, which is why, in the story, the demons had to “beg” Jesus to go into the pigs.
4) To do the Father’s will
The doctrine of the Trinity teaches us that Jesus is the embodiment of God’s love for us— that everything He did while on earth was part of the Father’s masterplan. He performed countless miracles to reveal God’s glory, and He preached ceaselessly so that all could learn the value of repentance. However, many people were still doubtful if He was indeed the Messiah. In John 10:37-38, Jesus explains how every single thing he does is of the Father:
37 Do not believe me unless I do the works of my Father. 38 But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.”
The acts of healing that Jesus performed in the Bible help us understand that God wants all His people for physical and spiritual restoration.
5) To fulfill what was prophesied in the Atonement
Much of the Old Testament in the Bible included prophecies and foreshadowing about the coming of Jesus and the miracles He would one day perform. The fulfillment of prophecy was paramount to the legitimacy of God’s word. Thus, a key component of why Jesus heals us is to legitimize the promises that God made through His prophets many years earlier. The fulfillment of the prophecy of healing was written in Matthew 8:16-17:
16 When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases.”
Even though the prophecy of healing in the Atonement was fulfilled thousands of years ago by Jesus Christ, it is not guaranteed that we will never suffer from any illnesses in the span of our lives. All believers should continue being faithful in the tough times and seek restoration from problems, as highlighted in James 5:14-16 (NIV).
Why doesn’t Jesus heal everyone?
Although there were likely thousands of people that successfully received their miracles of healing directly from Jesus while He was in Judea, undoubtedly, there were also many who did not receive the gift. This begs the question, “why are some people healed by Jesus and others aren’t?” Mark 5:25-29 provides us with a story of a woman who suffered for many years with sickness, but when she heard Jesus was in town, she refused to be denied her miracle:
25 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.
While there may be a multitude of reasons why someone who seeks Jesus isn’t receiving relief from their problems, this story illustrates the essential concepts of faith, desperation, and laboring for a miracle. The fundamental difference between this woman and others in the crowd is that she wanted her miracle more than everyone else, and would not be denied. So much so that in later passages, Jesus was almost shocked that such faith had zapped the miracle-working power right out of Him. Having the tenacity to find Jesus while amid your problem is often a prerequisite to receiving a miracle.
Other reasons why some people aren’t healed
It’s essential also to acknowledge that too many people meet all the prerequisites for a miracle but still fail to achieve their goal of restoration. Here are some of the reasons why these gifts are being to denied to followers of Christ:
- They have an unconfessed sin (James 5:16)
- They lack faith in God (Matthew 9:28–29)
- They fail to find other Christians that can help support them (John 5:6-7)
- God has a higher purpose for them (Isaiah 55:8-9)
However, there may come a time when none of these things may ultimately fix the problem immediately. It’s essential also to remember that Jesus is faithful to His word, but not everything will happen on our time-table. Maintaining a consistent faith-inspired attitude and being prepared to commit to the spiritual journey is also paramount for receiving your miracle.
Conclusion: Jesus can heal you
Jesus’ ability to heal any illness is evident in several accounts from the Bible. Most of His life here on earth was devoted to healing the sick and expelling demons. He did this for several reasons, but the most important was because of His compassion for us. If you are in doubt and asking, “Can Jesus heal me if I call for Him?” The simple answer is yes. However, for you to receive the miracle of healing, you should have a strong faith in His power to heal you.
A great way to seek God’s miracle is through prayer. James 5:16 tells us that the “prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well.” If, in case you did not receive the miracle of healing, seek solace in knowing that He has a greater purpose. What you must do is to continue to keep the faith and remain patient for His purpose to be revealed.