He Healed Them All
Matt 12:15 (NKJV): “But when Jesus knew it, He withdrew from there. And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all.”
Luke 6:17-19 (NKJV): “And He came down with them and stood on a level place with a crowd of His disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem, and from the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear Him and be healed of their diseases. As well as those who were tormented with unclean spirits. And they were healed. And the whole multitude sought to touch Him, for power went out from Him and healed them all.”
Matt 4:24 (NKJV): “Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them.”
Luk 4:40 (NKJV): “When the sun was setting, all those who had any that were sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and He laid His hands on every one of them and healed them."
Mom, this is one of the most critical yet overlooked teachings of the Bible as it pertains to healing. In these Scriptures, multitudes of people showed up with “various diseases,” even people that were paralyzed, and Jesus “healed them all,” “every one of them.”
There are popular but wrong teachings that some people don’t get healed because it was God’s will that they stay sick to learn a lesson, to grow spiritually, or because God meant to use that sickness to call that person back to Heaven.
It has always amazed me that this false teaching could prosper for so long against the truth of the Scripture. I used to imagine the multitudes of people as described in the Bible, coming to Jesus for healing and Him telling some of them no. I used to imagine Jesus telling selected people, “oh, this sickness was meant to teach you humility or some other lesson, so you have to keep it, now please step aside.” I had to imagine it because it’s so ridiculous that it can’t be found anywhere in Scripture.
I know that some people will jump to the “thorn in the flesh” and will touch briefly on that later. But for now, let’s just say that if God were trying to teach us the lesson that not everyone gets their healing, wouldn’t He put more than one example in the New Testament? Further, if multitudes, everyone, all the people that Jesus laid hands on or prayed for, got healed, why would you choose to identify yourself as one in the “thorn group” who didn’t?
It doesn’t make sense. This healing-is-not-for-everyone teaching flies in the face of the love of God, the character, and nature of God. It doesn’t make sense because it’s not true. But men who couldn’t explain why a person didn’t get healed have chosen to make God less powerful, pull Him down to the level of their personal experience, and blame Him instead of saying “I don’t know why sister so-and-so died after we prayed.”
2 Tim 3:16 (NKJV) says, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness…” Therefore, we always base our doctrine, our set of beliefs, on the Word of God not our own experience. If the Bible says that Jesus healed them all, we extend our faith towards that possibility versus our personal experience of people who didn’t get healed. 2 Cor 5:7 (NKJV) says, “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”
In other letters, you will find more Scriptures that describe the things that must be present for healing to take place. It’s almost impossible unless you were the person that didn’t get healed to say if all the things were in place for healing to be received. It’s hard to say that if something was done differently that a loved one might have gotten healed. But does that justify saying that the power of God has somehow lessened 2000+ years later?
It is so much better to say, in humility, that I don’t know why some people didn’t get their healing, but I believe that I will be part of the “all,” “the multitude,” “the everyone” that will.
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