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Christ Our Healer
By Pastor John

Matthew 8:5-13
5 When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. 6 "Lord," he said, "my servant lies at home paralyzed and in terrible suffering." 7 Jesus said to him, "I will go and heal him." 8 The centurion replied, "Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, 'Go,' and he goes; and that one, 'Come,' and he comes. I say to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it." 10 When Jesus heard this, he was astonished and said to those following him, "I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. 11 I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth." 13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, "Go! It will be done just as you believed it would." And his servant was healed at that very hour.

Jesus Christ is our Healer. If we take the Word of God for what it says, we know this is true. Let's examine the many reasons to believe that Jesus Christ heals today.

His Atonement
Isaiah 53:4-6
4 Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. 6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

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 carried our diseases."

What of ours He took
Infirmities = 27 times in Bible is translated disease or sickness.  Only here and one other place is it translated infirmities or griefs. He "took up" or "bore" our diseases

Also sorrows in Isaiah 53  is interpreted as diseases in Matthew 8:17

When I was just starting out as a pastor many years ago, there was a woman in my church with severe rheumatoid arthritis. Her joints were very deformed, and she lived with constant pain. She took many medications, including steroids, to keep her pain at tolerable levels. When she missed taking her pills, her pain was excruciating. One day while she was praying, she heard the voice of the Lord in her spirit. He told her to stop taking the medication, that He was healing her. In faith, she obeyed and stopped taking the pills. Over the next few months, her condition just got better and better until she was completely healed. Even her deformed hands and joints returned to normal. The whole church rejoiced in the Lord's greatness.  This woman's husband had for years taught that God doesn't heal any longer. As a result of this miracle, he stood up in front of the church and confessed his sin and humbled himself before the whole congregation. 

His Love and Compassion
Matthew 14:14
When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

Matthew 8:2-3
2 A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, "Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean." 3. Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. "I am willing," he said. "Be clean!" Immediately he was cured of his leprosy.

Several years ago I had a very bad left knee. Most of the cartilage was gone, and the doctor said it was bone on bone. It severly hampered me in my ministry. He said he could keep me going with frequent cortisone injections, but said I would eventually need a knee replacement. He gave me one injection and told me to come back in two months.  I never went back. The Lord healed my knee. I now have full use of it without any pain at all. The Lord healed me because of His love and compassion. I can't thank Him enough.

His Goodness
Mark 3:1-6
1 Another time he went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. 2 Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath. 3 Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, "Stand up in front of everyone." 4 Then Jesus asked them, "Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?" But they remained silent. 5 He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored. 6 Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus.

His Promises
James 5:14-16
14 Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

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