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Small Group July 7th 2013

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Davey Hong

on 13 July 2013

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Transcript of Small Group July 7th 2013

Jesus healed during his ministry on earth, and he heals today. That healing, however, is not to be thought of as a manifestation or application of a vicarious bearing of our sicknesses in the same fashion that he bore our sins. In other words, the fact that Jesus took our sins, does not mean he took our earthly diseases. Rather, his healing miracles are simply a matter of introducing a supernatural force into the realm of nature, just like any other miracle. In a general sense, of course, the fact Jesus died for us cancels all the effects of the fall. But some of the benefits will not be realized until the end of time (Rom. 8:19–25). We cannot expect, then, that in every case healing is to be granted upon request, as is forgiveness of sins. Paul learned this lesson (2 Cor. 12:1–10), and we must learn it as well.

It is not always
God’s plan to heal.

That fact will not trouble us if we but remember that we are not intended to live forever in this earthly body (Heb. 9:27).
Healing: Does prayer heal
people from illness?
It is not always
God's plan to heal.
The truth is good Christian lovers of God die all the time from sickness. Innocent children die from cancer and other illnesses everyday.


Simply put...even though Jesus took away our sins,
it doesn't mean that Jesus took away our physical and mental illnesses. Sometimes, through prayer, against all odds, miracles happen and people are cured of cancer....but...
Sometimes prayer doesn't save people from dying from cancer or other illnesses.
Bible focus: Jesus and John the Baptist

18 John’s disciples told him about all these things. Calling two of them, 19 he sent them to the Lord to ask, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?”

20 When the men came to Jesus, they said, “John the Baptist sent us to you to ask, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?’”

21 At that very time Jesus cured many who had diseases, sicknesses and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind. 22 So he replied to the messengers, “Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy[a] are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. 23 Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.”
But it doesn't mean that God doesn't love us or hears our prayers. Jesus Christ knows our pain and he knows what it feels like to die young...Jesus knows what suffering is. That's where we find comfort when people die.

Sometimes it's not in God's plan to heal.

Sometimes it's God's plan to send people to their death like he did with his Son, Jesus Christ (John 3:16).

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