Second in our little teaching on healing. We went thru the meaning of the Hebrew in Isaiah 53: “He took away our griefs” meaning he carried away our sickness. Now, we can hear what Matthew records as Jesus’ teaching on the subject. You will see that Jesus, too, thought that you are already healed by the Messiah’s work on the cross. Because Matthew wrote it down, you can also tell that this is what the first church understood to be Jesus’ teaching and work.
This is not just a history lesson or just an exercise in Bible exegesis. This is the basic reality of what Jesus came to do as Christ/Messiah. Healing is provided, just like forgiveness of sins. It is part of salvation. But just like we had to learn to believe and receive justification/salvation, so we have to learn to believe and receive sozo/healing . Did you know that even 150 years ago, people were not sure that God would forgive their sins? There was a “mourners’ bench” in services where people who were anxious about their salvation would sit and cry. There was great rejoicing when one finally felt the witness in his or her spirit that they were saved. John Wesley himself went through years of not knowing — which we know because he kept a journal. Then one night, when someone was reading an explanation of Romans, he felt a strange warming of the heart.” This meant that finally, what he knew was good theology he then knew and felt applied to him. He was learning about what we call salvation, but which is just that first step of salvation, knowing you are forgiven of your sins.
It has been maybe as long as 100 years or maybe not even that long that we have known that healing is in the atonement. But we individually have to come to know that it is applied to us. That is what this teaching aims at.
Of course, any parent can believe for their child. And should! It’s is not just that God wants to heal you child, but that Jesus has already done the work. What we need to do is to receive it. It is like the download is waiting. That is good news! Healing is waiting for you and your child. Understanding the Bible is part of the path toward downloading it.