By Ron McManus
My family was introduced to the gospel of Jesus Christ through
His healing power. In 1949 an Assemblies of God evangelist, Gale
Jackson, came to New Orleans with a tent. We were members of a nominal
church, but did not know Jesus Christ as Savior. My grandmother
had a serious heart condition. She was unable to get out of bed
for several months.
Healed of Hodgkins disease
In the fall of 1995 I had a routine checkup. Doctors
discovered a large mass in my chest. I had CAT scans and
biopsies and was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma
Life became real simple in that moment. The only thing
that mattered was my relationship to God and my family
and church that I knew would pray for me.
After surgery to remove my spleen, I began extensive
chemotherapy every two weeks for six months. Although
I prayed for an instant miracle, God walked me through
a process that changed my life and brought healing to
Recently, I was back for X-rays and CAT scans. The doctors
said my body is free of cancer today. I give God all glory,
honor and praise.
What doctors can do is wonderful. God has given us doctors,
but He has given us His Son Jesus. He wants us to come
and receive His healing.
"These signs shall follow them that believe
they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover"
My family was skeptical of the tent revival, but they heard that
incredible things were happening. Each evening there were crowds
of more than 30,000. One evening mygrandmother was taken by ambulance
to the crusade.
My parents didnt go, but in that service my grandmother was
healed. She walked from the crusade to her home that night. The
Lord gave her 35 more years.
My mom and dad went to the tent crusade and heard the gospel for
the first time preached with power and authority. They responded
to the claims of Jesus and invited Him into their lives. My dad
pastored for 50-plus years in the Assemblies of God, and every family
member became involved in Kingdom work.
Prayer became a focal point in our home. When I was sick, my parents
prayed and healing came. We must teach our children about Gods
healing touch. Once they are healed by the power of Christ, they
will never forget that God has a personal investment in them.
Healing was provided in the Atonement.
The primary purpose of the Atonement was cleansing from sin. But
the Atonement also brought release from the penalty of sin and brought
restoration to Gods favor.
When the people complained after the judgment which followed the
rebellion of Korah, God sent a plague on the Israelites. Moses then
sent Aaron into the midst of the congregation. He made atonement
for them and the plague stopped. Atonement thus provided for the
consequences of sin, including sickness.
Full atonement for the whole man was accomplished through Christ
at Calvary. The New Testament speaks of this as redemption
essentially the same meaning as atonement. This Atonement provides
for the consequences of sin. Even when sickness is not the direct
result of sin, it is still in the world because of sin; therefore,
it is among the works of the devil that Jesus came to destroy.
Matthew 8 confirms this and shows that the Atonement includes divine
healing as a means of meeting the needs of those who come to Jesus.
A healing Lord.
Healing takes place through natural means, by the help
of medical science and through divine intervention. The fact is
that all healing comes from the Lord.
My body doesnt heal itself; God made my body with healing
properties. The doctor doesnt make me well; God built principles
the doctors follow and He makes me well. Prayer doesnt make
people well; the God that people call upon when they pray makes
them well. It is Gods nature to heal; thats what He
wants to do.
Jesus came to show us the heart of God that He is a healing
Lord and He loves to heal. Jesus heals today by being the same as
He has always been.
"And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went
virtue out of him, and healed them all" (Luke 6:19).
"And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching
in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and
healing every sickness and every disease among the people"
"And when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence:
and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all"
"And Jesus departed from thence, and came nigh unto the sea
of Galilee; and went up into a mountain, and sat down there. And
great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were
lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at
Jesus feet; and he healed them: insomuch that the multitude
wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole,
the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God
of Israel" (Matthew 15:29-31).
In these cases, large groups came to Jesus and He healed them all.
Jesus hasnt changed. Jesus heals today just like He did then.
His power never changes and His love never refuses. He never turns
The Lord wants to
keep His promise to us.
Matthew 8:17 says that Jesus healed all that were sick "that
it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying,
Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses."
That verse refers to Isaiah 53:5: "He was wounded for our transgressions,
he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace
was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed."
Isaiah 53 tells about the coming Messiah who would suffer for our
sins and also suffer for our sicknesses. The Word prophesied that
God was going to send a Savior who not only forgives sin, but one
who brings healing to the human body.
The apostle Peter wrote to the church of all time: "Who his
own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we being
dead to sins should live unto righteousness" (1 Peter 2:24).
And then he adds, "By whose stripes ye were healed." The
verb is in the past tense. By those stripes your healing has already
Jesus not only poured out His blood to cover our sins, but He suffered
in His body that we might have healing for ours. That healing has
already been paid for, so the risen Messiah comes to bring healing
to us now. The risen Messiah does heal.
Healing power can
flow through you to touch others.
The Lord wants to use us as a channel of His healing power to minister
life to others.
The greatest miracles we will see in the 21st century will be on
the cutting edge of evangelism. Throughout Scripture Jesus performed
miracles and this phrase followed: "that they might believe."
As the church moves forward in the power of the Holy Spirit to reach
and touch men and women who have yet to know Christ, as it was for
my grandmother and my parents, the miracle-working power of God
will cause a lost world to be drawn to Christ. This new generation
is turned off by religion, but hungry for spirituality and the supernatural.
Heres how healing
happens: When you pray and ask with faith.
The faith is in the Word of God. John 14:12,13 says:
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth on me, the
works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall
he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask
in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in
Jesus said that greater things than have ever happened in your
ministry are going to happen when you pray. He said, "My desire
is for greater things to happen." It is His power. He says
thats the way it happens when you ask in His name.
Ask with faith; faith means receiving.
There are things we dont understand about healing. We may
never know all the answers to our questions, but the Lord has urged
us to invite Him to minister healing.
When you lay hands
on the sick in Jesus name.
"Jesus name" means by the authority of
Jesus. We have been given the right or the privilege to go in His
name and lay hands on the sick. The Lord says to go and touch them
in His name.
The power of Communion.
When you receive Communion and believe, healing can come. As you
acknowledge His life that was poured out for you, His body that
was broken for you, and His blood that was shed for you, healing
flows from that table. First Corinthians 11:30 says that many are
sick and many sleep because they have not discerned the Lords
body and received the provision that is made available at the table
of the Lord.
Ask elders to anoint
with oil and pray.
James 5:14-16 says, "Is any sick among you? Let him call for
the elders of the church." You need to ask. One of the ways
Jesus heals today is with the anointing of oil by the elders. Oil
in the Bible is a picture or symbol of the power of God. Oil is
the picture of the Holy Spirit. So we anoint with oil, because we
welcome the power of the Holy Spirit. Scripture says that the yoke
of bondage will be broken and destroyed because of the anointing.