In the early days of this ministry, I began to see people healed who had very little faith. I asked one man who came to the platform to testify about his miracle, “What church do you attend?”
“I don’t go to church,” he replied.
“Are you a Christian?” I questioned.
“No, sir,” he said bluntly. “I don’t know anything about that.”
Here was a person who had no knowledge of the Word, had never given his heart to Christ, but was now healed. I said to myself, “Lord, this doesn’t make sense!”
Soon after, I had a conversation with Dr. Lester Sumrall, a great man of faith who has since gone on to glory. I asked, “Can you explain to me why God is healing so many unbelievers in our meetings?”
He responded with this question: “Who did Jesus heal 2,000 years ago?”
I went back to my Bible and reviewed the miracles of Christ. Time after time He healed those with little or no understanding of the things of God. I began to realize that His mercy brings both salvation and the miraculous.
Anytime I go back to my study notes from that time in my life after my conversation with Dr. Sumrall, it is always such a delight to go through what the Lord showed me.
And through the years, I’ve learned firsthand why God heals. Let me share seven of His many reasons for healing miracles.
- Jesus is full of compassion.
A leper came to Jesus, “imploring him, and kneeling said to him, ‘If you will, you can make me clean’” (Mark 1:40 ESV). What was the Lord’s response? “Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, ‘I will; be clean.’ And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean” (Mark 1:41-42). It was compassion that led to the miracle.
Jesus knows everything about you. You are His treasure. He even knows the number of hairs on your head (Matthew 10:29-31). He desires to show mercy and healing toward you. You are so precious that He died on the cross for your sin and your infirmities.
- Divine healing belongs to God’s children.
Once, when Jesus was preaching near the city of Tyre, a Syrophenician fell at His feet, asking Him to cast an unclean spirit out of her daughter.
Jesus said to her, “‘You may go your way; the demon has left your daughter.’ And she went home and found the child lying in bed and the demon gone” (Mark 7:28). The Lord saw the woman’s faith, and the daughter was delivered.
If you are a child of the King, healing should come to you first, even before unbelievers receive their miracle. Yet I watch as those who do not know the Lord reach out in great faith, hungry for the crumbs. And time after time He pours out His healing virtue upon these people. Thank God, healing is often the entry point that helps people receive Jesus Christ as Savior.
- Healing miracles bring glory to the Father.
On the side of a mountain near the Sea of Galilee, “great multitudes came unto Him…and he healed them…(and) 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 15:30-31).
On another occasion, there was a similar response when Jesus healed a paralytic man” “when the multitude saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God” (Matthew 9:8).
All glory and praise belongs to the Father. Healing is a wonderful, awe-inspiring faith-builder that should lead to glorifying God.
- Miracles fulfill God’s promises.
At Capernaum, “They brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses” (Matthew 8:16-17).
When the Master heals, it is a fulfillment of the prophecy spoken through Isaiah. On the cross, Christ took our sickness and infirmities.
- Healings confirm God’s own Word.
Healing was promised by the Father, then declared by Jesus Christ. He said:
“If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him” (John 10:37-38).
Christ knew exactly why He was sent to earth. He came to perform the works of His Father. Miracles confirm the spoken word of Jesus. He heals to fulfill His personal word to you.
- Miraculous healings display the power in His blood.
The blood of Jesus was shed to forgive sin and provide healing. We are told, “But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ” (Ephesians 2:13). In Him, “we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace” (Ephesians 1:7).
Jesus Himself said, “Nothing shall by any means hurt you” (Luke 10:19). And because of the power in His blood, we can triumph in every area of life:
“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death” (Revelation 12:11).
Believers today who depend upon the blood of Jesus Christ can see miracle healings as great evidence of His power in the world today!
- Miracles demonstrate that the devil was defeated at the cross.
The Word tells us, “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8).
At the house of Cornelius, Peter said, “You know…how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him” (Acts 10:37-38).