If Jesus healed all who came to Him, why am I not healed?

| May 21, 2013

Have been praying hard over a situation in my life that really needs God’s intervention and blessing. As I am doing it, I was reading the book of Matthew and something struck me.

In all accounts, Jesus freely healed everyone who came to him.

News about Him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various disesases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed, and he healed them.
– Mt 4:24

When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick.
– Mt 8:16

Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place. Many followed him, and he healed all their sick.
– Mt 12:15

When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
– Mt 14:!4

And when the men of that place recognized Jesus, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought all their sick to him and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak and all who touched him were healed.
– Mt 14:36

Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them.
– Mt 15:30

Large crowds followed him, and he healed them there.
– Mt 19:2

The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them.
– Mt 21:14

These are just verses from Matthew alone. Based on all these verses, I think we can generally see the attitude of Christ towards sickness and healing. He wants to heal and he will heal all who are brought to him. The Bible does not record any incident where he refuses to heal though there was an instance where Jesus seemed to not want to heal a Canaanite woman who came crying to him to heal her demon-possessed daughter:

He answered, ‘I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel’.
The woman came and knelt before him. ‘Lord, help me!’ she said. He replied, ‘It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.’
‘Yes, Lord’, she said, ‘but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.’
Then Jesus answered, ‘Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.’ And her daughter was healed from that very hour.
– Mt 15:24 – 28

Jesus here first establishes his purpose and calling, which was to the children of Israel. I’m not sure if Jesus meant to test the faith of the woman, but suffice to say, he still healed her because of her faith.

There was also another instance where Jesus could not heal due to the lack of faith of the people in his hometown, Nazareth.

And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, ‘Only in his hometown and in his own house is a prophet without honor.’ And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.
– Mt 13:57, 58

But apart from these instances, we see that Jesus heals everyone who had a desperate need for healing. His compassion was mentioned many times and it seems to indicate that Jesus did not want anyone to be sick. Notice that he never says something like ‘It is God’s will for you to be sick right now’, which is something we generally tend to convince ourselves with when healing doesn’t come instantly.

But I also noticed that the Bible only mentions miraculous healing by Jesus to those who came to him. But what about those who don’t have the opportunity to come to him, to beg for his healing and to touch his cloak? What about those who lived far away from where Jesus performed his ministry? What about those who didn’t get the chance to hear about Jesus? I am inclined to conclude that healing didn’t come to them. So what does this mean?

We know that nothing happens by chance and that God orchestrates every single detail in this world. So we can conclude that the people who were healed were placed within the vicinity of Jesus in order for them to receive healing. And for those who cannot get to him, it may seem to indicate that instantaneous healing was not God’s plans for them at that moment in time. Does Jesus have any less compassion on those suffering but couldn’t come to him? I definitely don’t think so. And so, I can only conclude that either they are not ready to receive healing (insufficient faith, living in sin, etc) or it is not God’s plans for them at that time.

So coming back to my desperate prayers and the thing that puzzled me. Since Jesus healed all who were brought to him, why is it that I’m not getting the ‘healing’ (i.e. solution to my problems), despite me coming to him in desperation and prayer? I believe that God loves all of us equally and he has compassion on everyone of us equally when we suffer. And though some faith healers like to point out the fact that Jesus healed all who were brought to him, I think there is also a need to acknowledge that there are also lots of people whom Jesus did not heal, or at least not instantly and with a miracle.

While the Bible is clear that healing has been won on the Christ and that sicknesses are not what God intends for His people (there was no sickness in the garden of Eden) and He has the power to heal, but we also need to recognize that God works in ways that we cannot fully comprehend. And sometimes, God chooses not to heal or solve our problems miraculously despite our desperate pleas.

This conclusion probably goes contrary to faith healers who seem to tell congregations that they must believe that healing will come and all they need to do is have faith to receive it. I think what God has showed me even as I write this is that is not true that God will heal all diseases. No doubt, He can and wants to. The multiple instances which cite Jesus’ compassion on the sick he saw tells us clearly that God really doesn’t want his children to be sick and suffering. But while we know this, we can also see that many did not receive the miraculous healing of Jesus. It would be presumptuous to think that all those who could not travel thousands of miles to fall at Jesus’ feet for healing did not have the same faith as those who could make the journey. Could Jesus heal all sickness in the world? I think he could, but he didn’t. And that should give us some perspective on how to deal with prayers that seem to go unanswered.

The good news is, God’s plans for each of us is perfect. Always has been and always will be. We do not understand why we did not receive relief from the sufferings we are going through despite our most earnest and faithful prayers. But we can understand that God has called us to have faith and to continue carrying out his kingdom’s work. The time when there will be no more suffering is promised us when He returns. In the meantime, we all need to embrace the same conviction of Paul:

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.
– Rom 5:1 – 4

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I have been a follower of Christ for more than 20 years now. Started from a Methodist church, then went on to a few charasmatic churches and again back to a Methodist church now. Thus I have experienced and seen a wide flavor of different denominations. Personally, I consider myself non-denominational as I can worship in many different styles. The important thing is that I follow the gospel and love Jesus. I am currently serving as a musician and a worship leader in my church. I believe that my calling is to help others enter into the presence of God through worship. I also enjoy teaching and discipling other believers, which is the main reason why this site was started. I hope to find other believers to join me in this cause to reach out and encourage other believers.

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