Doctor’s offices. You hate them, right? I know I do. I remember years ago I had a particular doctor that I would see where I would sit at times for an hour in the WAITING ROOM (aptly named) before my name was called. I used to wonder why I bothered to make an appointment for a set time because I never got seen at said set time.
Now, if you’re seeing a “specialist” it’s even worse. Not only are you going to this person because you’ve been diagnosed with a SPECIFIC SOMETHING (disease, pain, malfunction in your body) but sometimes you have to WAIT months before you can even get an appointment to see them so then you get to WAIT out those months in fear and wondering and maybe even “desperate praying” all the while hoping that what you have doesn’t get worse and maybe even all the while suffering with the symptoms of said problem.
The whole thing is horrible and terribly impersonal, to put your life and well-being in the hands of someone who does not know you, who will look over a piece of paper you filled out, ask you a few questions, run a few tests, and then make a decision for you for YOUR future. And sometimes (a lot of times) those decisions will cause you MORE pain, and you will have to WAIT and see and just hope that maybe in the end it will all work out and you’ll be okay. That maybe in the end you’ll still be alive.
Sadly enough, we (the Body of Christ) do the same thing with God.
First of all, you know He is called our Great Physician, right? One of God’s redemptive names is Jehovah Rapha. “Rapha” in Hebrew means: properly to mend (by stitching), that is, (figuratively) to CURE: (cause to) heal, physician, repair thoroughly, make whole. Not only is that one of His names, it’s WHO He is; it’s part of His character. He said HE is our Healer, He is our HEALING.
So how many of us, as His body, are sitting in the Waiting Room of the Great Physician, patiently (or not so patiently) enduring with our hurts and pains and sickness while we are lingering there, biding our time until our name is called? When will it be our turn, we wonder. Will I even be called, we conjecture. How many of us sit there hoping against hope to hear that personal invitation for us to enter into the examination room of our God? Hoping that He will deem us worthy to be seen, to be put under His inspection and that we might PASS? That maybe we have somehow garnered favor with the Creator enough that He will speak to us, that He will SEE our hurts, our pains, notice us there in our sufferings. That maybe He somehow finally heard our pleas and prayers and that He will now decide to show us mercy, or at the very least take pity on us and prescribe for us a touch, His touch. That YES, He has finally willed for us to be healed! “My time has come!” We cry in grateful relief, feeling special, chosen, called out, spared, one of the “LUCKY” ones whom God has decided in His grace and mercy to visit. Then, as we leave, we can walk out into the waiting room once more, only this time you’re looking into a sea of saddened, desperate faces and you simultaneously feel joy and compassion, knowing exactly how they feel, but, hey, there’s nothing you can do about it. It’s just not their time yet.
Church, this should not be so.
First of all, the call has already gone forth, FOR ALL. All have been called, it’s just a matter of those answering that call, of people being willing to heed that call, to accept that invitation.
Mark 16:15-16 – And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
Romans 10:9-10 – That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
The word “saved” here is the Greek sozo and it means: to save, that is, deliver or protect (literally or figuratively): – heal, preserve, save (self), do well, be (make) whole. It does not mean just a spiritual salvation, but a WHOLE BEING salvation. This word is used interchangeably for healed in the New Testament (see Mark 5:23; Luke 8:36; Acts 14:19).
The same faith it took to get you “spiritually saved” (i.e. BORN AGAIN) is the same faith it takes to be healed, because PHYSICAL HEALING comes with salvation. The only reason we are not seeing the manifestation of this in the Body is because people cannot act on what they do not know. The Body of Christ has been so indoctrinated with false teachings regarding this subject that it takes A LOT of teaching and talking and ministering to get them to even begin to receive this truth: that they are ALREADY HEALED. It’s undoing years of false doctrines that have become Sacred Cows in the Church and sometimes to even start mentioning these truths comes with backlash and severe push back from the church.
It floors and saddens me that people actually FIGHT to keep their sickness. It hearkens to the question that Jesus posed to the man at the pool of Bethesda.
John 5:5-6 – And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? (Does thou WISH to be made whole? YLT)
“WILT” here means DETERMINE, CHOOSE, PREFER.
He is saying to this man “It’s up to you. WHAT DO YOU WANT?”
It’s not, what does God will for you but: What do YOU will for you?
See, because it IS God’s will for you to be healed. He (sovereignly) made a way for us to be healed. It says His body was broken for us. Why would His body need to be broken for our spirits? You don’t sow a body for a spirit. His body was broken for OURS to be made WELL!
Matthew 8:16-17 – When the even 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 Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities (maladies, sickness, disease), and bare our sicknesses.
Jesus showed us God’s will for healing by healing all who came to Him. And that will still stands today. He is the same yesterday and today, He is no respecter of persons, He is the Lord that heals you, there are DOZENS of healing scriptures and yet they are overshadowed by way too many bad “Christianese clichés” that say the very opposite.
1 Peter 2:24 says it plainly: by whose striped you WERE healed.
Done. Over. COMPLETE.
It. Is. Finished.
So, brethren, take part of that completed work, give Jesus the just due of His reward for what He willingly suffered so that you could be made whole – WHOLE in every way. You need not WAIT any longer. Just answer the call, GET UP, enter boldly before the throne of grace….you have an audience with your Father, and He loves you and wants you well.
BE HEALED IN JESUS’ NAME!
Recommendations for reading:
Healing the Sick – T.L. Osborn
Christ the Healer – F.F. Bosworth
John G. Lake on Healing