Did you ever hear that healing and miracles have stopped with the last apostle? The end of the book of Acts is also the end of healing, signs and miracles. But this is not what the bible teaches. Isaiah 53 is the great chapter about healing and talks about how Jesus at the cross carried sin and sickness. Isaiah lived many years before Jesus and what he wrote in Isaiah 53 was a foresight into the future. Isaiah prophesied what would happen in the future.
Now when Jesus had come into Peter’s house, He saw his wife’s mother lying sick with a fever. So He touched her hand, and the fever left her. And she arose and served them. When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.” Matthew 8,14-17
Matthew was a disciple of Jesus and experienced in the present how Jesus healed people. Matthew refers to Isaiah 53 and therefore these verses are the proof that Isaiah 53 talks about physical healing (the salvation work of Jesus also includes mental healing of course). Peter, also a disciple of Jesus, was present also and saw how Jesus healed people. And it is he who wrote the following after Jesus’ death and resurrection:
“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” 1 Peter 2,24
Peter looks back at the cross, where Jesus has purchased healing. By Jesus’ wounds we have been healed. This is an irrevocable fact. Healing is not extinct at some point, but is still the same as it was then. Isaiah looked ahead to the future, Matthew describes the present and Peter looks back to the past. Healing is therefore confirmed by past, present and future.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13,8
Jesus has not changed! He healed people then and he heals people today. Healing is forever and that will never change. So you can be sure that healing is just as relevant to you today as it was to Peter’s mother-in-law then. It does not matter if it is a cold or a life-threatening disease. Jesus purchased healing at the cross for everything and everybody. It is a lie that healings and miracles have stopped. The truth is, you have a right to receive healing because Jesus paid for it. Healing is forever!