Jesus is God's grace
God's Amazing Grace For Healing

A brief  definition for GRACE is God's unmerited favor.  Another definition for Grace is God's riches at Christ's expense. It is God's gift to us. It is God's blessings which we don't deserve.
It not something that we can earn by doing good works or something that we have to buy.

 Do you ever get caught under the curse of the law which says that you have to keep all the commandments to receive God's protection from physical attack?  

"If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, THE LORD THY GOD; Then the LORD will make thy plagues wonderful, and the plagues of thy seed, even great plagues, and of long continuance, and sore sicknesses, and of long continuance. Moreover he will bring upon thee all the diseases of Egypt, which thou wast afraid of; and they shall cleave unto thee.  Also every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the book of this law, them will the LORD bring upon thee, until thou be destroyed"  (Deuteronomy 28:58-61).

    The question is something of a rhetorical question in that we all get caught in this sooner or later.  However, I desire to present a balance of truth from Scripture.  The answer to the law is Jesus which is God's grace.  "For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ"  (John 1:17).  Grace does not eliminate the law of God!  Jesus said, "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil"  (Matthew 5:17). In the natural, we find that there is what is known as the law of gravity which pulls us downward, but there is another law of aerodynamics. As an airplane moves forward through the air, the air flow flows over the top of the wing to cause lift.  The law of airflow does not destroy gravity but rather supersedes it.  In like fashion, grace does not destroy the law, but rather supersedes it. Amen! "And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:  That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith"  (Galatians 3:12-14).

    Let us begin by seeing the God of grace in the Old Testament.  Because the Israelites sinned, God sent fiery serpents to bite them.  

"And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red sea, to compass the land of Edom: and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way. And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread.  And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died"  (Numbers 21:4-6).

    However, the people acknowledged their sin and cried unto Moses as a type of Jesus who interceded for them and the Father offered them grace even through they had sinned.

"Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee; pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people. And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.  And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived"  (Numbers 21:7-9).

    Again to summarize, the people sinned with the consequence for their sin being bitten by the fiery serpents and potential death because their sin.  However, the people acknowledged their sins and cried unto Moses as a type of Jesus and God provided GRACE to those who would look upon the fiery serpent.  Now let us look at what the fiery serpent represents.  Jesus spoke of himself when he said, "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up"  (John 3:14).  Jesus also later spoke of this again. "Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things"  (John 8:28). God offers His unmerited GRACE to us after that we have sinned!  If there was no sin, there would be no need of God's GRACE.

    We can further see this healing grace in the life of Jesus.  Jesus offered healing grace to a lame man and healed a lame man who had been lame for thirty eight years. 

"And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? 
The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.  And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath"  (John 5:5-9).

    Why was the man lame?  Jesus implies that it was because of his sin.

"Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee"  (John 5:14).

    Jesus also showed GRACE of emotional healing to the woman who was caught in the act of adultery.

"And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.  Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.  So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?  She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more"  (John 8:3-11).

    A centurion, who declared himself to be UNWORTHY, came to Jesus about his servant who was a paralytic and was in great torment and Jesus showed grace and healed the servant.

"And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.  And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.  When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.  And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour"  (Matthew 8:5-13).

    Jesus gave forgiveness to a lame man, then gave him the grace to receive healing.

"And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them.  And, behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him.  And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus. And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.  And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?  But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts?  Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk?  But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house.  And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God"  (Luke 5:17-25).   Should not we also forgive and offer the grace of healing to imperfect people?

    Jesus told his disciples that they were to offer healing as a gift of grace.

"And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease"  (Matthew 10:1).  Jesus GAVE them the authority to heal. "And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give"  (Matthew 10:7-8).  They to offer the grace of healing without any strings attached!  Freely, they had received and FREELY they were to give.

    Peter and John practiced giving the grace of healing.

"Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.  And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God"  (Acts 3:1-8). The lame man asked for a gift of money, but Peter and John GAVE him the GIFT of healing.

    Paul wrote to the church at Corinth about GIFTS of healing among the manifestations of the Holy Spirit.

"To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit"  (I Corinthians 12:9). We need to remember that God's grace is a gift. We receive God's grace to give gifts of healing to others.

    James speaks of gifts from the Father.

"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning"  (James 1:17). Healing would be one of those gifts.

What can you do with a gift?????????????

1. You can DOUBT that it is really a gift.

Jesus could not do many miracles in his home town because of their unbelief.  "And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them"  (Mark 6:5).

2. You can MISUNDERSTAND a gift by thinking you must buy it.

 Simon thought that he had to pay to receive the Holy Spirit's power which is a gift.  "And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money"  (Acts 8:18).

3. You can BELIEVE it is a true gift.  

"Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom"  (Luke 12:32).  The key word is "GIVE".

4. You can REJECT a gift.

"He came unto his own, and his own received him not"  (John 1:11).  His own people rejected the gift of God.

5. You can ASK for a gift.

"And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you"  (Luke 11:9).

6. You can RECEIVE gift.

"He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight"  (John 9:11).

7. You can GIVE it to someone else.

"Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give"  (Matthew 10:8).

8. You can also MISUSE the gift of God.  

"He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan"  (II Kings 18:4). The people began to worship the means of healing opposed to the Giver of the healing.

9. You can HOARD or USE the gifts.

"For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey"  (Matthew 25:14-15).  Read Matthew 25:16-30. to see the rest of the story.

10. We can also LOSE the grace of healing. "Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee"  (John 5:14).

How do we RECEIVE the grace of healing?

1. Through humble OBEDIENCE.  Naaman, the captain of the Syrian army had to bathe himself in the Jordan River seven times to receive healing.  "Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean"  (II Kings 5:14).

2. Through FAITH.. "And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague"  (Mark 5:34).

Also see: "Healing Facts", "Grace Menu", "The Antiodote".