The dad was desperate. His son suffered severe seizures, and Jesus’ disciples were unable to heal him. Jesus then spoke words that bring healing from that day to our day: “Bring the boy here to me!” And He healed him. And He will likewise heal us, because “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). Jesus healed 2,000 years ago, and He still heals now.
Are you desiring healing for someone in your family or among your friends? Bring them to Jesus! Not bodily, of course, because Jesus lived on earth, died for our sins, rose from the grave, and returned to heaven, where He is at God the Father’s right hand today. But we can just as certainly “bring them to Him” in any one of several ways:
Notice a truth here that recurs throughout the New Testament. That is, it is the preaching and teaching of the Word of God that builds faith to receive physical healing from Jesus. The apostle Paul tells us that “faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ” (Romans 10:17). That is a consistent pattern in the Scriptures and is the example for us today. As we tell people what God’s Word the Bible says about Jesus and about divine healing, faith will arise in them, and they will reach out to the Lord for healing.
A clear instance of this occurred in Acts 14:8-10. The apostle Paul was preaching the Gospel in Lystra. In the audience was a man lame from birth. The scripture says (9f), “He listened to Paul as he was speaking. Paul looked directly at him, saw that he had faith to be healed and called out, ‘Stand up on your feet!’ At that, the man jumped up and began to walk.” The Word of God was preached, faith to be healed grew in the man’s heart, and he was healed! That same result will occur today also, as we “bring them to Jesus” by preaching His Word. Faith will arise among the hearers. And today as then, many will be healed. Why? Because Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever! (Hebrews 13:8)
Why is it important to “bring” the sick to Jesus? Because it is Jesus who took up our infirmities and bore our diseases. I don’t have to remain in a disease or infirmity. Why? Because Jesus “took” it! He “bore” it!
To reinforce the importance of bringing the sick to Jesus, here are some more biblical instances of the sick and infirm (and even the demon-possessed) being brought to Him and receiving their healing:
The pattern is clear. Not only did Jesus our Savior die for our sins. He also fulfilled Isaiah’s prophecy and “took up our infirmities and bore our diseases” (Matthew 8:16-17). As His witnesses to this world (Acts 1:8), we tell people about Jesus’ death and resurrection for us and bring them to Him for forgiveness of sins (Luke 24:47), and they are born again and become heaven-bound children of God.
We also bring the sick to Jesus as we share God’s Word about healing with them and pray for them. And they in turn receive the blessing of Jesus having carried their sicknesses and infirmities. This is in direct fulfillment of Psalm 103:2-3 — “Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases.”
Jesus’ apostles followed His example. They preached and taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ, resulting in many being saved (14). And having been brought to Jesus the Savior, people began to “bring their sick” to Jesus the Healer, and “all of them were healed.”
We have this same privilege today. Tell the sick from God’s Word that Jesus died for both their sins and their sicknesses. Pray to the Lord for their healing. Teach them to pray directly to the Lord for their healing (and other needs as well). And take Jesus at His Word — “These signs will accompany those who believe…  they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well” (Mark 16:17-18). Lay hands on the sick, and expect them to be healed.
Do you have family or friends who are sick? “Bring them to Jesus!” Introduce them to Him from God’s Word. If they already know the Lord as Savior, encourage them with some Scriptures on healing. If you can leave one central thought in the sick person’s mind, let it be that Jesus’ call to all the sick is: “Bring them to me!”
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