Jesus Heals Our Diseases

We live in a world where diseases and infirmities are numerous and ever-present. There seems to be no place we can hide, no refuge from sickness, no perfect heath or well-being. Death and disease are not only in the world, they are in us as well.

All his days [mankind] eats in darkness in much vexation and sickness and anger.

Ecc. 5:17

And yet, they do not go forth unbidden. God Himself is sovereignly in control of every infirmity and causes it to happen. The prophet Habbakuk saw a vision of the Living God who went forth not only in light and glory, but also bringing sickness in His wake:

Before Him went pestilence, and plague followed at his heels.

Hab. 3:5

But all the infirmities of the world are merely a consequence of the foundational sickness that is afflicting the world. That sickness is sin, and it has saturated and permeated our souls beyond measure:

How sick is your heart, declares the Lord GOD.

Eze. 16:30

This degree to which this soul-sickness has spread is beyond the bounds human comprehension:

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?

Jer. 17:9

Humanity has tried every conceivable treatment, but no human efforts can avail us. Even the mightiest and wisest among us is powerless to effect a cure:

When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah his wound, then Ephraim went to Assyria, and sent to the great king. But he is not able to cure you or heal your wound.

Hos. 7:5

But God, in His unfathomable mercy and love, sent His Son to dwell among us. His very presence drove away every earthly infirmity from among men:

They brought Him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, those oppressed by demons, those having seizures, and paralytics, and He healed them.

Matt. 4:24

And yes, this was merely a foreshadowing of the ultimate cure for our condition—Jesus’ death on the cross. He died so that we might one day be healed and have abundant, everlasting, indestructible life in Heaven with Him:

He took our illnesses and bore our diseases.

Matt 8:17

As our great High Priest, He averted the plague by standing directly in its path:

And he stood between the dead and the living, and the plague was stopped.

Num. 16:48

But unlike Aaron, who was spared, Jesus was slain by the plague He averted. He took the disease into Himself, literally becoming sin, and then suffered the full penalty for it so that it could be eradicated forever. Those who have believed in Him have thus been delivered from this spiritual pandemic:

No evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent.

Psa. 91:10

This does not mean we have already attained perfection—earthly diseases and sicknesses continue to afflict us. But there will soon come a day when resurrected believers will be set free from sin, and from every other malady in the process:

And no inhabitant will say, “I am sick”; the people who dwell there will be forgiven their iniquity.

Isa. 33:24

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for becoming both the sickness of sin as well as its ultimate cure. Help us to turn to You in full assurance of faith that even the diseases of this life are part of Your plan to bless and cure us:

Come, let us return to the LORD; for he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and he will bind us up.

Hos. 6:1

Thank you for your grace and forgiveness, through which the cure is administered to our souls and through which we are given true, everlasting life. May your Name be blessed forever!

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases.

Psa. 103:2-3