By Andrew Murray
When the psalmist called upon all that was within him to bless the Lord, he cried, “Bless the Lord,… who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases” (Ps. 103:2-3). When Isaiah foretold the deliverance of his people, he added, “The inhabitant shall not say, I am sick; the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity” (Isa. 33:24).
This prediction was accomplished beyond all anticipation when Jesus the Redeemer came down to this earth. How numerous were the healings brought about by Him who had come to establish on earth the kingdom of heaven!
By His own acts and afterward by the commands that He left for His disciples, He showed us clearly that the preaching of the Gospel and the healing of the sick went together in the salvation that He came to bring.
Both are given as evidence of His mission as the Messiah: “The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk… and the poor have the gospel preached to them” (Matt. 11:5).
Jesus, who took upon Himself the soul and body of man, delivers both in equal measure from the consequences of sin.