In 1 Peter 2:24, Peter makes an interesting statement about Christ: “He himself bore our sins on his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.”
Notice the tense of that last sentence: Jesus already has healed us. It’s done. We have been healed. We’re not going to be healed. That’s because the work of the cross was finished as soon as Christ said it was. Real faith, biblical faith, believes that Jesus has already provided everything that we need.
That poses an interesting question to you and me: are we going to believe our thoughts and feelings, or God’s Word? Are we going to adopt a Biblical mindset when it comes to healing, or are we going to listen to every other influence around us? While we need to be wise about how we care for ourselves—medicine, surgery, and treatments are wonderful blessings—we also need to ultimately trust God and HIS healing power above every other form of healing.
Jesus didn’t figuratively heal people during His time on earth—He literally healed them. Matthew 8:16-17 says, “That evening they brought to him many who were oppressed by demons, and he cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: ‘He took our illnesses and bore our diseases.’” This verse makes it clear that the healing Jesus brought wasn’t just spiritual, but physical.
This season especially has challenged our views on health, healing, and wellness. No matter what course of action you choose, or what perspective you take on the pandemic and the state of the world, make sure you’re placing your ultimate hope in Jesus Christ! You have already been healed! Believe it.
Dr. Derek Grier