I have spoken a lot about healing, and that I believe that God wants you well, and does not send sickness. I have had a passage quoted to me to try and justify the theory that God does make people sick. What is more, people have used this passage to try and ‘prove’ that we can’t heal people (at all, even with God’s power) any more. If this is the case, then I am really confused, because I have personally seen two people miraculously healed in the last month, and heard testimonies of more. After reading this passage of scripture presented to me, I discovered that the person had it out of context. It is actually a very handy passage, so I though that I would talk about it today. Here it is, John 9:1-12.
Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind
9 As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi,who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. 4 As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. 5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” 6 After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. 7 “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing. 8 His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?” 9 Some claimed that he was. Others said, “No, he only looks like him.” But he himself insisted, “I am the man.” 10 “How then were your eyes opened?” they asked. 11 He replied, “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.” 12 “Where is this man?” they asked him.
This is an interesting passage, let’s start with the second half of verse 3. Please note that it does not say anywhere that God made him blind. I believe that Jesus said what He said merely to counteract the disciples theory that the man was blind because he sinned. Jesus was in fact saying that these bad things could happen to ‘good’ people. Any illness you have may not be because of your sin, it is in the world because of sin in general. There is no sin in heaven and there is no sickness either. You may avoid sin yourself, but someone else’s sin could leave you ill. The good news is that your illness is also an opportunity for the works of God to be displayed. Who does the works of God now? Who did He send to heal? Matthew 10:8 says that it is you and I. Next thing is verse 4, where some think Jesus is saying that when night comes (Him going back to heaven) no one will be able to heal anymore. This could not be further from the truth. Night is referring to Jesus death. Jesus is merely saying that He can’t do miracles when He is dead, so He is doing them now. We can’t do any when we’re dead either, so make the most of your life here on earth. This is the message here. Jesus also said that while He was here, He was the light of the world. Who is the light of the world now? Yes, we are. Matthew 5:14 is clear about that.
Why did Jesus make mud and wipe it on the man’s eyes. Truth is, I don’t know. Maybe Jesus was using it as an analogy as man originally came from dust, so He was using that to heal the man. I don’t know. It is similar to the reason why he tells the man to go and wash it off. Why not just wipe it off? This time I do have a theory though. I believe the answer is in verse 11. They asked the man how he was healed, and he said that Jesus put mud on his eyes and told him to go and was it off. He said that he did just as Jesus instructed and he was healed. He didn’t question, he just followed Jesus’ orders. Mark 11:23 tells us to tell the mountain to move and then believe. Then the mountain will move. It doesn’t say how long we will need to believe for. This man had a while to believe, all the way down to the pools. At any stage he could have thought that it was silly and walked away. Would he have been healed then? I doubt it. Fortunately for him he didn’t. He did just as Jesus instructed and he was healed.
So what can we learn from this? When we are commanding healing in Jesus name (as we should be), we need to listen to God. There is no exact formula of how to do this, sometimes God may reveal to you that it requires a slightly different approach. Sometimes you need to rebuke a demonic force or break a stronghold. Maybe you need to speak something over the person, maybe you need to lay hands on them, maybe they need to do something in response. Jesus sometimes dealt with healing different ways, and the only reason I can see is obedience to the Father. We need to hear how the Spirit is guiding us and be obedient. If you are the one being prayed for (or in fact praying), keep the faith! Even if you don’t see healing there and then, keep believing. Keep your faith. I have commanded healing before and not seen it straight away. The next morning, the guy woke up miraculously healed! We didn’t allow unbelief to creep in.
Your action, God’s power. He has given us the authority to heal. Do it.