What Makes It Possible?
Isaiah 53:4 - 5, HBFV
Surely He [a prophecy of Jesus Christ] has borne our infirmities, and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we ourselves are healed.
1Peter 2:24, ESV
He [Jesus] himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.
Only God Can Heal
Deuteronomy 32:39, JPS
See now that I [God], even I, am He, and there is no god with Me; I kill, and I make alive; I have wounded, and I heal; and there is none that can deliver out of My hand.
Restoration and Forgiveness
James 5:13 - 15, NIV
Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. 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.
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.
Psalm 103:2 - 3, NIV
Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits - who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases . . .
Mark 2:3, 5, 10 - 11, NKJV
Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men . . . When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven you." . . .
"But that you [Scribes who thought Jesus committed blasphemy] may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins" - He said to the paralytic, "I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house."
Faith and Mercy Involved
Mark 9:22 - 25, NASB
It [a demon] has often thrown him [a boy] both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, take pity on us and help us!
And Jesus said to him, "'If You can?' All things are possible to him who believes." Immediately the boy's father cried out and said, "I do believe; help my unbelief." When Jesus saw that a crowd was rapidly gathering, He rebuked the unclean spirit . . .
Matthew 8:13, NKJV
Then Jesus said to the centurion, "Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you." And his servant was healed that same hour.
Mark 6:56, TLB
Wherever he [Jesus] went - in villages and cities, and out on the farms - they laid the sick in the market plazas and streets, and begged him to let them at least touch the fringes of his clothes; and as many as touched him were healed.
Luke 4:40, HBFV
Now as the sun was going down, all those who had sick persons with various diseases brought them to Him [Jesus]; and He laid His hands on each one of them and healed them.
Sign of the Messiah
Luke 4:16, 18 - 19, 21, HBFV
And He [Jesus] came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and according to His custom, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day and stood up to read . . .
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me; for this reason, He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal those who are brokenhearted, to proclaim pardon to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to send forth in deliverance those who have been crushed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord." . . .
Then He began to say to them, "Today, this scripture is being fulfilled in your ears."
Training to Heal and Preach
Luke 9:1 - 2, 6, 10:1, 8 - 9, ASV
And he [Jesus] called the twelve together, and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. And he sent them forth to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick . . . And they departed, and went throughout the villages, preaching the gospel, and healing everywhere . . .
Now after these things the Lord appointed seventy others, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself was about to come . . .
"[Jesus then said] And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you: and heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you."
A Spiritual Gift
1Corinthians 12:4, 7, 9, 28, HCSB
Now there are different gifts, but the same Spirit . . . A demonstration of the Spirit is given to each person to produce what is beneficial . . .
to another, faith by the same Spirit, to another, gifts of healing by the one Spirit . . . And God has placed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, next miracles, then gifts of healing . . . .
Most Unique Healing Methods
Mark 8:23, NKJV
So He [Jesus] took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the town. And when He had spit on his eyes and put His hands on him, He asked him if he saw anything . . .
Mathew 9:20 - 22, NET
But a woman who had been suffering from a hemorrhage for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. For she kept saying to herself, "If only I touch his cloak, I will be healed." But when Jesus turned and saw her he said, "Have courage, daughter! Your faith has made you well."
Acts 5:15 - 16, GNB
As a result of what the apostles were doing, sick people were carried out into the streets and placed on beds and mats so that at least Peter's shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by. And crowds of people came in from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing those who were sick or who had evil spirits in them; and they were all healed.
Acts 19:11 - 12, CEV
God gave Paul the power to work great miracles. People even took handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched Paul's body, and they carried them to everyone who was sick. All of the sick people were healed, and the evil spirits went out.
Revelation 22:2, HBFV
And in the middle of the street, and on this side and that side of the river, was the tree of life, producing twelve manner of fruits, each month yielding its fruit; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.
Sometimes the Answer Is No
2Corinthians 12:7 - 9, HBFV
But in order that I [Apostle Paul] might not be exalted by the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, an angel of Satan to buffet me, so that I might not be exalted.
I besought the Lord three times for this, that it might depart from me [be healed]; But He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you; for My power is made perfect in weakness."
2Timothy 4:19 - 20, NKJV
Greet Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus. Erastus stayed in Corinth, but Trophimus I [Apostle Paul] have left in Miletus sick.