I’ve rarely ever met a Christian who wasn’t willing to accept, embrace and believe that God had forgiven their sins. After all, believing that Jesus took our sins upon Himself on the cross is at the heart of what it means to be born again and receive eternal life.
Sure, from time to time we all can forget or lose site of the fact that Jesus took our sins away. But we’re not likely to doubt that Jesus’ sacrifice wasn’t enough or wasn’t effective.
I have, however, encountered many believers who have struggled mightily to accept that God wants to heal them from physical disease.
Why is this? Why is it so relatively easy to accept Jesus as our Savior from sin and sin’s guilt, yet seemingly so hard to accept Him as our Healer—even though the Bible tells us that sickness and disease only entered God’s perfect creation as a direct result of sin?
The fact of the matter is, sin and sickness are mentioned together in scripture over and over. The two are basically joined at the hip! I could cite a dozen examples here but for sake of space I want to point you to one in particular:
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
There is a reason the Word of God consistently mentions sin (or iniquity) and sickness together. It’s because, as I mentioned above, sickness came into the world as a result of Adam’s sin.
That’s why the remedy for sin—Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross—also impacts the realm of sickness and disease. This is why we see the following words in Isaiah, chapter 53, the great prophetic chapter about Jesus’ death on the cross:
But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed. (vs. 5,6)
So, let me ask the question once more . . .
If these two blessings are so tightly tied together in Scripture, why is it so much easier to experience God’s forgiveness than it is to experience supernatural healing?
One key part of the answer to that question is that we have all—myself included—prayed to be healed, or prayed for the healing of a loved one, and been disappointed. That disappointment seeps down into our hearts and accumulates, draining our confidence and dampening our hopes.
It’s not the only reason—but it’s a major factor.
The clear testimony of God’s Word is that our healing is something Jesus paid for on the cross, at the very same time He was paying the penalty for our sins.
Healing is only one of the many “benefits” of being a redeemed, blood-bought child of God.
As I close, allow me to encourage you to not allow disappointments and heartaches from the past to keep you from pressing in to God’s highest and best for you today and in the future.
Because of what Jesus did, God wants to crown your life with good things.