“Jesus saw them and said, “Go. Show yourselves to the priests.” While they were on the way, they were healed. When one of them saw that he was healed, he came back. He praised God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him…Then Jesus said to him, “Get up and go. Your faith has healed you.” – Luke 17:14-16, 19 NIRV
Throughout my life, I’ve had an intimate relationship with pain. As a child, I was in and out of the emergency room with broken bones, sprained ankles, or unexplained allergic reactions that covered me in blistering hives for days. And that was just my childhood. I certainly kept my parents on their toes and in their pocketbooks. Adulthood didn’t seem to end my many trips to the doctor except now, the pain lasted longer and the diagnosis sometimes included surgery. But it wasn’t until the last go round with my body, that I learned a lesson the Gospels have taught us through the ages. Healing is just as much about faith, as it is about science. In fact, all of Christ’s healings are rooted in faith. From the woman with the issue of blood who touched Christ’s robe hem (Luke 8:43-48); to the nobleman that came over a days journey for Christ to simply speak healing over his child in another town (John 4:46-54); to the ten lepers who went to show themselves to the priest at Christ’s command and were healed on the way there (Luke 17:11-14), faith has been the central component to healing. So it is today. Healing starts with our hearts and our minds. It starts with faith that Christ can heal you.
Medical advancement and science have produced greater care and quality of life for all humanity. But we have become so dependent on medical advancement rooted in the ingenuity of Man, that sometimes we forget the spiritual side to physical healing is rooted in Christ. I’ve learned they go hand in hand. How we speak about our bodies and health matters; what we believe Christ can do in faith matters even more. Whatever health matter you may be facing, do not only approach it from the physical side with science and medicine. Instead, recognize that the journey to healing starts with faith and co-exists with medicine. Speak scriptures of faith and healing to yourself as daily medicine as well. You must have a bold faith that claims healing because your faith believes Christ is still in the healing business. And when you are healed, know that it doesn’t end there. For just as bold as your faith was to be healed, your thanksgiving, praise, and witness of what He has done should be even greater and bolder.