Where does sickness come from?
We dwell in a very confusing world. One fact is obvious
though: sickness is real in our world and all of us sooner
or later face an illness or another. Some are quickly
healed, others take longer and others never get healed.
Interpretations about the origin of sickness is even more
confusing. Some blame it to viruses and bacteria. "If we
could get rid of all of them, we would be fine!" Others
blame it on genetics. "It's all my parents and grandparents
fault!" (at least they can't blame their mother-in-law!)
Others blame it on the environment, and still others blame
God. Some even go as far as to blame aliens from outer
space! Who is right in all this?
Gen 1:26 "Then God said, 'Let us make man in our image, in our likeness.'"
God created us on the sixth day of creation. He created us in his image, giving
us dominion of this whole planet. If we believe that God gave us sickness as
well, then He is subject to it too, as we are created to His image!
2. Origins of diseases.
Gen 2:16-17 "And the LORD God commanded the man, 'You are
free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of
the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.'"
Here is the first indication of possible sickness and death: disobedience: "you
will surely die."
3. Physical Healing and Forgiveness are correlated.
Generally, sickness is not the consequence of a particular sin that a person
committed. Sickness is not the result of personal sin. It is the consequence
from Adam's and Eve's original sin. It is a consequence of man's separation from
4. Satan smiting Job directly.
Job 2:7-8 "So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD
and afflicted Job with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the top of
5. Illnesses are considered a curse in the Bible.
If you read Deut 28: 21-61, you will notice a whole list
of curses. Among them are: diseases, plagues, fever, inflammation, severe
burning fever, scorching, boils, tumors, scabs…. It is clear here that God does
not consider sickness to be a blessing, but rather a curse. The good news though
is that Jesus died in our place and redeemed us from the curse… Gal 3:13-14
"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.' He redeemed us in order
that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ
Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit."
Acts 10:38 "How 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."
When Jesus encountered a demon, Luke 4:35 "Jesus rebuked
him, saying, 'Be quiet and come out of him!'" The Greek word for "rebuked" is "epitimao".
8. To Be Bound.
Jesus, our example healed a woman "Luke 13:11 "who had
been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years." Immediately He attracted the
criticism of the pastors of His days. Luke 13:14 "There are six days for work.
So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath." "How dare Jesus heal
on a Sabbath! Who does He think He is!" It is sad and ironic that the ruler of
the synagogue had not even attended to the sickness of that poor woman during
the other 6 days! Doing God's work always attracts criticism from those who do
not know God.
9. Spirits of Sickness.
There are many Bible texts that denotate the connection between illnesses and the satanic world. A mute possessed person was brought in the presence of the Messiah. Jesus drove the evil spirits out and Matt 9:33 "when the demon was driven out, the man who had been mute spoke." Who was responsible for this sickness? The devil himself!
10. The Thief.
The devil is a thief who John 10:10 "comes only to steal and kill and destroy." Sickness does the same on us. It steals our health away and destroys us prematurely. What a contrast with Jesus who declared: John 10:10 "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."
11. Illness is opposite of God's nature.
It is interesting to notice that people from around the
world are quite conscious that sickness is bad. Why are so many hospitals build,
if sickness would be good for us?
12. Jesus' healing ministry.
1 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."
Jesus not only came to bring us salvation, He also came to
heal us. No one was ever turned away from Jesus. Any sick person who came in
contact with Jesus was healed. Depressions were lifted, fevers disappeared,
demons thrown out. Jesus cared and healed anyone who came to Him.
13. New Jerusalem.
When Jesus will return on earth, He will establish an
awesome kingdom! Rev 21:3-4 "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will
live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and
be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more
death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed
If you are burdened by a sickness or you have a loved one who is suffering, look up to and trust in the Lord. There will be an end to this. This is not God's design! Let us join the apostle John and say Rev 22:20 "Amen. Come, Lord Jesus."
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