9 “Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are being forgiven’; or to say, ‘Get up, and pick up your stretcher and walk ‘? 10 “But in order that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins “– He says to the paralytic, 11 “I am saying to you, get up, pick up your stretcher and go into your house.” 12 And he was raised up and immediately picked up the stretcher and went out in front of everyone, with the result that they were all amazed and were glorifying God, saying, “We never saw this.”
I believe in God’s power to heal, and I believe God can answer our prayers for the sick and injured and restore them to health. But I also believe that even healing by God’s power is not enough, because everyone who is healed – including this paralytic – eventually dies. For faith to really make a difference it must believe for something beyond healing – something more permanent. When we start seeking for that something, that’s when we start understanding who Jesus really is. His right to change things on this planet stems from who he is, the eternal beloved Son of God. As such, his right extends not only to repairing the effects of evil, but to forgiving of sin itself. Jesus’ healing ministry was designed to point people to who he really is.
If you want healing from Jesus, seek it. If you want to go beyond healing to something permanent, believe the gospel.
LORD, make us ministers of your healing, and of your complete deliverance as well.