Matthew 8:14 When Jesus arrived at Peter’s house, Peter’s mother-in-law was in bed with a high fever. 15 But when Jesus touched her hand, the fever left her. Then she got up and prepared a meal for him. 16 That evening many demon-possessed people were brought to Jesus. All the spirits fled when he commanded them to leave; and he healed all the sick. 17 This fulfilled the word of the Lord through Isaiah, who said, “He took our sicknesses and removed our diseases.” (NLT)
This is a parallel passage of one of the greatest of all the Scriptures, Isaiah chapter 53. Matthew’s Old Testament counterpart is a prophetic word concerning the message, meaning and the method of the suffering Messiah.
That Messiah, Jesus was completely effective in destroying “the works of the devil” on all fronts (1 John 3:8). He accomplished for us the deliverance from “sickness, disease and our spiritual enemies.”
Some have taught that the healing spoken of in Isaiah and was purely “spiritual.” They say that the words have a “symbolic” meaning and were never meant to applied to physical healing.
Such an interpretation flies directly in the face of what is clearly revealed in the literal fulfillment of the passage in Isaiah found in the book of Matthew. The obvious natural application of this passage makes it very plain that Jesus’ sacrifice was to overcome the enemies of God’s children; sin, sickness, and their spiritual enemies as well.
Since Jesus has already paid the price for for these things we should be able to receive them as a part of the general plan of God. The Bible also teaches that these deliverances come through the avenue of “faith.”
God has always been a Healer. Old Testament and New Testament alike teach by word and deed that God and His plan have not changed. God is still a Healer and He is still setting people free from their spiritual enemies, oppression and possession. There remains no biblical reason that any believer should be left out of God’s program for his or her life (Mark 16:15-20). Believer God’s Word concerning His will and not the nay sayers who say that God’s will has somehow miraculously changed concerning healing.
PRAYER: Lord God, thank You for the marvelous work of Christ in my behalf. When I’m sick or suffering You are there not only as a Savior but also as the “Great Physician”. Lord, use “Your Word” to free me from all of the works of the devil. Heal my body. Forgive my sin and release me from any grip that Satan might have on my life. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
COMMITMENT: I will walk by faith not by sight. I trust confidently in the work of the cross. My confession is that I am “more than a conqueror in Christ”. The healing I have received in every area of my life is not according to my own ability but His. The deliverance that I receive comes from the substitutionary work of Jesus and I lay claim to it by faith.