God's Will Is Healing — Part 2
Α. Jesus is the exact representation of who God is, and what He is like
Colossians 1:15 NIV, "The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
Hebrews 1:3 NASB, "And He (Jesus) is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power.
It is crucial that we understand the ministry of Jesus from the stand point that He came to perfectly, represent what the Father is like.
John 14: 8,9 NASB When Philip, one of the 12 disciples said, "Lord show us the Father, and it is enough for us." Jesus said to him, "Have I been so long with you and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father..."
B. God revealed Himself in the Old Testament to Israel through Seven Redemptive Names
Jehovah-Jireh — The Lord who provides. This was in the context of showing a type of himself, when he provided a sacrifice to Abraham in the place of Isaac, Genesis 22:14. This was a picture of the substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross.
Jehovah-Tsidkenu —The Lord our Righteousness Jeremiah 23: 5,6 NIV. Jesus is our righteousness. 11 Corinthians 5: 21 NIV, "God made Him (Jesus) who had no sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God, in Him. This was accomplished by His atoning death on the Cross
Jehovah-Rash —The Lord my Shepherd. Psalm 23:1, is part of the revelation of God as our shepherd, along with Psalm 100:3..."we are His people and the Sheep of His pasture.. Hebrews 13:20 NASB, "Now the God of peace who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord...". Jesus is both the Lamb of God and the Shepherd of his sheep. The strongest statement about this redemptive name is in John 10:11 ΝIV, when Jesus said, "1 am the good shepherd . The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. In this He is referencing His atoning death.
Jehovah-Shammah —The Lord is Present. Matthew 28:20 NIV, "And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age". Hebrews 13:5 NASB, "...for He Himself has said," will never desert you, not will I ever forsake you.
Jehovah-Shalom — Judges 6:23, 24 The Lord is our Peace. Romans 15:33 NASB, "Now the God of peace be with you all. Romans 16:20 NASB, "The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet...". Ephesians 2:14 NIV, For He Himself is our peace who has made the two groups (Jews and Gentiles) one." This is in the context of the blood of Christ who in 2:16, `reconciled both of them through the cross, by which he put to death the hostility. II Thessalonians 3:16 NASB, "Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance.
Jehovah-Nissi —The Lord is my Banner. Exodus 17:15. In Psalm 91 alone, God is our: refuge, fortress, covering, shield and bulwark, the Lord my refuge, Most High, The Almighty. He is our covering our Protector, Psalm 121;5-8 and Psalm 27:5-6. 11 Corinthians 2:14 NASB, "But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in
Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. The ultimate revelation of God as our banner is in Revelation 19:11-16, where Jesus is revealed as the Captain of the Hosts and the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Jehovah-Rapha — The Lord our Healer. Exodus 15:26. God revealed Himself in the Old Testament as healer. He healed people through the ministries of Elijah and Elisha. He healed Hezekiah and prolonged His life. Psalm 103:1-3 reveals God as the one who, "pardons all your iniquities and heals all your diseases". Psalm 107:20 states, "He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from all of their distresses
C. ΑII of these covenant redemptive names are displayed by Jesus. In Him, the fullness of the Godhead dwells in bodily form Colossians 2:9.
Last week we looked at John 5:19 where Jesus states that, `The Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing, for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.'
We also saw in Acts 10:38, that Jesus healed, "all who were oppressed of the devil, for God was with him.' In John 14:10 Jesus states "...the Father abiding in Me does His works.
Jesus was moving in the compassion of the Father and doing the works of the Father.
D. The basis for all of this is the redemptive work of the cross.
Without the Cross, none of the redemptive benefits would be ours.
God's peace, righteousness, covering presence, continuing presence, shepherding and guidance, His continual provision. None of them would be ours without the shed blood of Jesus.
If all of these blessings are assured to us by the shed blood of Jesus, why would we doubt that He is still Jehovah-Rapha, our Healer, our Physician? Has He ceased to be our righteousness? Has he ceased to be our Peace? Has He ceased to be our Shepherd? Of course not!
Since Healing is in the redemptive work since, Isaiah 53:4 NASB says surely He has borne our sicknesses (choli-Hebrew) and carried away or diseases (makob) and by his stripes we are healed, Isaiah 53:5, why do we have any doubt about God's faithfulness in this area?
If you doubt that Isaiah 53:4 refers to sickness and disease let us conclude by looking at Matthew 8:16 NASB. "When evening came, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill. This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet: "He Himself took or infirmities and carried away our diseases." It quotes Isaiah 53:4 and applies it directly to the ministry of Jesus.
To fulfill cannot possibly mean that it was only done in the ministry of Jesus, for the book of Acts makes it clear that it continued on, because of Jesus work on the cross. To insure that it continued beyond the apostles and their contemporaries, He gave gifts of healing to the Church (I Corinthians 12:9. These gifts continue to operate today in those and for those who embrace them by faith, believing that the Lord Jesus is doing His works through His Church, by the Holy Spirit today.
Since we go to God freely trusting in His mercy to save us, why not come boldly to the throne of Grace (Hebrews 4:16) with the same confidence that it is His will to heal us?
I John 5:14,15 NASB says, "This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him