Jesus Healing the Sick

Jesus Healing the Sick, woodcut by Gustave Doré (1832-1883).

Healing in the Bible:
Spiritual Medication for Physical Distress

Edited by Henry H. Mitchell, 2008–2014. (Editor's note: The following is only a partial list of Scriptures which relate to healing. At each line, click on the link at left to see the context of the verses within their chapters.)

Promises from the Scriptures

Healing and Good Health are God's Will for Us

Source Text
Exodus 15: 26 He said, “If you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you.”
Exodus 23: 25-26 Worship the LORD your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you, and none will miscarry or be barren in your land. I will give you a full life span.
II Chronicles 16: 9 For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.
Psalms 91: 9-16 If you make the Most High your dwelling — even the LORD, who is my refuge — then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.”
Psalms 103: 2-3 Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits — who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases…
Psalms 107: 20 He sent forth his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave. [See next entry.]
Isaiah 55: 11 So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
Hebrews 8: 6 [Comparing the above wonderful promises from the Old Covenant with the even better promises of our New Covenant — which, if they are “better,” surely they do not omit the earlier benefits but further add to them:] … [T]he ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, since the new covenant is established on better promises.
Matthew 7: 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! [See next entry.]
James 1: 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
Matthew 8: 2-3 A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cured of his leprosy. [See next entry.]
John 6: 38 “For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.”
Romans 8: 11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.

Jesus Defeated Sickness and Disease:
He Won and Demonstrated Our Healing

Source Text
Isaiah 53: 4-5 Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.
Matthew 8: 16-17 When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases.”
I Peter 2: 24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.
Galatians 3: 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law* by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” (*Sickness and disease are curses of the law; see Deuteronomy 28: 15-22, 27-29, and 35-61.)
Acts 10: 38 …[H]ow God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him. [See next entry.]
John 10: 10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” [See next two entries.]

Jesus Heals Us Now

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Hebrews 13: 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
I John 4: 4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
John 14: 12 I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
Mark 16: 15-18 (see also notes) He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”
James 5: 14-15 Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven.
III John: 2 Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. [See next entry.]
Mark 11: 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Proverbs 18: 24 The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. [See next entry.]
Mark 11: 23 I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, “Go, throw yourself into the sea,” and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. [Note that this leads into Mark 11:24, two entries above.]

Miraculous Healings in the Scriptures

Miraculous Healings Reported in the New Testament

Source Description
Matthew 4: 23 “Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.”
Matthew 8: 2-4, Mark 1: 40-45, and Luke 5: 12-14 Jesus heals a leper.
Matthew 8: 5-13 and Luke 7: 2-10 Jesus heals the centurion's servant.
Matthew 8: 14-15, Mark 1: 29-31, and Luke 4: 38-39 Jesus heals Simon's mother-in-law.
Matthew 8: 16 “When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick.”
Matthew 8: 28-34, Mark 5: 2-17, and Luke 8: 27-37 Jesus heals the demoniacs of Gadara.
Matthew 9: 2-6, Mark 2: 3-12, and Luke 5: 17-26 Jesus heals the paralytic in Capernaum.
Matthew 9: 20-22, Mark 5: 25-34, and Luke 8: 43-48 Jesus heals the woman with an issue of blood.
Matthew 9: 27-31 Jesus heals two blind men.
Matthew 9: 32-33 Jesus heals the blind demoniac.
Matthew 9: 35 “Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.”
Matthew 12: 9-13, Mark 3: 1-5, and Luke 6: 6-10 Jesus heals a man's shriveled hand.
Matthew 12: 22 and Luke 11: 14 “Then they brought him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see.”
Matthew 14: 34-36 At Gennesaret, all who touch Jesus are healed.
Matthew 15: 22-28 and Mark 7: 25-30 Jesus heals the demoniac daughter of the Canaanite woman.
Matthew 15: 30 “Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them.”
Matthew 17: 14-21, Mark 9: 14-29, and Luke 9: 38-42 Jesus heals a boy with demonic seizures.
Matthew 20: 30-34 Jesus heals two blind men at Jericho.
Matthew 19: 2 “Large crowds followed him, and he healed them there.”
Matthew 21: 14 “The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them.”
Mark 1: 23-25 and Luke 4: 33-35 Jesus heals a demon-possessed man in Capernaum.
Mark 1: 32-34 Jesus heals many sick and demon-possessed.
Mark 1: 39 “So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.”
Mark 7: 32-37 Jesus heals the deaf and dumb man.
Mark 8: 22-25 Jesus heals the blind man at Bethsaida.
Mark 10: 46-52 Jesus heals blind Bartimaeus.
Luke 7: 21 “At that very time Jesus cured many who had diseases, sicknesses and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind.”
Luke 13: 10-13 Jesus heals the woman who was crippled by a spirit and bent over.
Luke 14: 2-4 Jesus heals the man with dropsy.
Luke 17: 11-19 Jesus heals ten lepers.
Luke 22: 47-51 Jesus restores the amputated ear of Malchus, the high priest's servant.
John 4: 46-53 Jesus, in Cana, heals the royal official's son in Capernaum (this was Jesus' first healing miracle).
John 5: 2-15 Jesus heals the invalid at the pool of Bethesda.
John 9: 1-41 Jesus heals the man blind from birth.
Acts 3: 1-16 Peter and John: the man crippled from birth is healed.
Acts 5: 15-16 “As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter's shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by. Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by evil spirits, and all of them were healed.”
Acts 9: 32-35 Peter: Aeneas, the paralytic of Lydda, is healed.
Acts 14: 8-10 Paul: the man who had never walked, in Lystra, is healed.
Acts 16: 16-18 Paul: the demon-possessed fortune-telling slave girl is healed.
Acts 19: 11-12 “God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them.”
Acts 28: 7-10 Paul: Publius' father and all the rest of the sick on the island of Malta are healed.

Miraculous Healings Reported in the Old Testament

Source Description
Genesis 20: 17 After Abraham's prayer, God heals Abimilech and his household of sterility.
Numbers 12: 10-15 After Moses' prayer, God heals Miriam of leprosy.
I Kings 13: 1-6 The man of God from Judah: King Jeroboam's withered hand is healed.
II Kings 5: 1-14 Elisha: the leper Naaman of Aram is healed.
II Kings 20: 1-7 Isaiah: King Hezekiah is healed.