A short answer suffices: Because “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever!” (Heb 13:8).
We know that during his earthly life Jesus was famous for healing the sick and casting out demons and that he authorized his disciples to do the same (Matt 10:1).
We know that after his resurrection he promised, “These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues…; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover" (Mark 16:17-18).
This morning I read the story in Acts 3 of the lame beggar who was healed at the temple gate. He asked for money and Peter answered: “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!" (Acts 3:6)
Peter had healing to give, and as Jesus’ disciples, we do too!
Peter explained: "Men of Israel, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we have made him walk?... By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus' name and the faith that comes through him that has given this complete healing” (Acts 3:12, 16).
We know through Scripture (James 5:14-16) and our experience that healing continues to come through Jesus’ name, whether miraculously or gradually through medical means.
So let us come this Sunday with expectant faith and bring our friends and neighbors who need healing. “Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today and forever!”
If you can serve on a prayer team, please let Jeane Larson know (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you would be able to drive someone to the Jesus Our Healer prayer meeting, please let Billy Kangas know (email@example.com). Thanks!