Often, when Jesus healed in the Scripture a form of the word therapeutic is used: When Jesus healed the man with the withered hand, He was questioned as to whether it was lawful to heal therapusai on the Sabbath (Matthew 12:10). After Jesus used the vehicle of touch to
heal Peter’s mother of a fever, many demon-possessed and sick people were brought to Him and He cast out the spirits with His command and healed etherapeusen all their sick to confirm the Word through the prophet Isaiah, “He took on our infirmities and carried our diseases.” (Matthew 8:14-16) In Matthew 4:23-24, “Jesus traveled throughout the region of Galilee, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And He healed (therapeuon) every kind of disease and illness. News about him spread as far as Syria, and people soon began bringing to him all who were sick. And whatever their sickness or disease, or if they were demon possessed or epileptic or paralyzed–He healed (etherapeusen) them all.” At the Beautiful Gate, the man was healed (tetherapeumenon) by Peter and John. (Acts 4:14) I could go on…
Much of the ministry of Jesus and the Holy Spirit’s power through His followers was and is intended to be therapeutic – to bring healing. Jesus and His disciples used several means to accomplish this: speaking the Word of healing, accessing the faith of those in need, spitting on the ground for eye patches, laying on hands, having people go back to priests/doctors for confirmation, etc. God healed the past of Saul, redeeming him from his sin to fulfill his call and destiny as the Apostle Paul. (Acts 9) Jesus’ shed blood not only forgives our sin but heals us of our guilty conscience. (Hebrews 10:22) Believers in Jesus should desire and expect not just to be healed in some way themselves, but also to be available as instruments of healing for others.