Can we heal people today like Jesus did?

Christ healed people. His disciples healed people. He “appointed seventy two others” to heal people. And everybody who asked Jesus for healing was healed. Healing was huge in Jesus’ day. So why aren’t people being healed like that today?

Is it because all that healing Jesus and his disciples did was a sign meant only for Israel and the Jews back then? In Matthew 10:8, for instance, when Jesus told his disciples, “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons,” the context in verse 6 was “the lost sheep of Israel.” It was meant for them. And in Luke 10:1 when Jesus appointed the seventy two to heal the sick, he was sending them specifically “to every town and place where he (Jesus) was about to go,” all of which were Jewish (Matthew 10:5-6). And the reason Jesus sent the seventy two to heal their fellow Jews was to prove “The kingdom of God is near you,” Luke 10:9, a clear message for the Jews that the promised restoration of Israel was coming through Jesus, the proof of which was his power to forgive sins, which he demonstrated by healing, like the healing of the paralytic man in Mark 2:10-11.

The miracles of healing in the Gospels were meant for the Jews, to confirm and demonstrate that their time of deliverance and salvation had arrived in the person of Jesus, stated very clearly by Peter in Acts 2:22 – “Men of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God TO YOU by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did AMONG YOU through him.” The miracles Jesus and his disciples did were purely a sign for their fellow Jews.

But isn’t Mark 16:15 a command from Jesus to his disciples to “Go into all the world” and “place their hands on sick people, and they will be made well,” verse 18?

Yes, and that’s exactly what the apostles did next in the book of Acts. But there are only two examples of healing in the entire book of Acts, the first in Acts 3 and the second in Acts 5:12, when “The apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders among the people” – but note who those people were: They were large crowds of Jews “from the towns around Jerusalem” who were “bringing their sick and those tormented by evil spirits” to the apostles, verse 16, “and all of them were healed.”

It was still Jews being healed. Why? To confirm to the Jews yet again that Jesus had come to deliver them (Acts 3:20). It explains why we cannot heal people today like Jesus did; it’s because healing back then had a purpose that doesn’t exist today.

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