As we continue to look at the life and ministry of Jesus through the Gospel of Mark, we get a lot of insight into divine healing. In today’s post, we’ll see specifically where sickness comes from. To get the whole story, you may want to first read Mark 2:1-12.
There are those who mistakenly believe that sickness was a part of the curse when Adam and Eve fell. But a careful reading of that section of Genesis will show that no mention of sickness was ever a part of the curse.
By studying the Scripture, it’s clear that sin is a package deal. It has a lot of parts to it. It’s the grouping of everything that misses the mark of the glory God created us for.
Sickness misses the mark of the perfect health God created Adam to enjoy. So sin is a part of the total sin package. For a more detailed teaching on this, click here.
But I believe that the greatest testimony is from Jesus Christ Himself.
We’ll now look at Mark’s account of the paralyzed man who was lowered down to Jesus through the roof. There was no room for his friends to take him through the front door, so they got creative and cut a hole in the roof.
When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things? Which is easier: to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins . . . .” He said to the paralytic, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”
In looking at this event in the life of Jesus, it’s important to note that the Greek word that we translate as forgive literally means to remove. Therefore, according to Jesus’ own testimony, in order to prove that He could remove sin – He removed sickness.
Jesus would not have made such an amazing statement unless it was true.
This is one of the most important concepts we need to hear. When a person is healed, a manifestation of the sin nature is removed from their life. I think that it’s beyond question the God hates sin. If that’s true, then God views sickness the same way.
In God’s mind, sickness is a blight on His perfect creation. It’s like the first scratch on a brand new car. It’s utterly offensive to Him. He hates sickness and disease more than we do. Remember – it’s not the sick person that God hates, but rather the sickness that has taken hold of him or her.
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.
This verse tells us how Christ was going to pay for each specific form of sin that manifests itself in our lives. Transgressions occur when I knowingly break God’s law. Iniquities are sinful tendencies that are passed down parent to child through the generations. Bringing peace speaks to the sins that we commit against one another.
This brings us to healing. This verse shows that sickness is just one more manifestation of the sin nature that needs to be removed. Christ suffered and died – then rose again – to totally break the effects of sin in all of its forms.
Question: How does healing the sick bring glory to God?
© 2017 Nick Zaccardi