Does Jesus still heal?…I answer this question with a resounding “Yes!” It is good to recognize the purpose of the healings recorded by scripture. I agree they took place to establish Jesus’ authority and to validate the message of the apostles. I also understand why God might not heal everyone who prays, regardless of the depth of their faith. In fact, aside from our human desire to live and preserve the lives of our loved ones, the case could be made that God’s greatest gift is when He brings us home? Will we not then be in the presence of our Savior?
On the other hand, it is true this life has purpose, and while we are here God uses every experience to mold us and use us for His glory. This is the crux of the matter, as I see it. God still heals in His Son’s name, and He still attracts attention when He proves a medical prognosis wrong. But He also brings people to the cross through the faith of servants who don’t receive a physical healing. I have personally baptized many who were led to Jesus by a friend who ultimately surrendered to an earthly disease, but never gave up on God.
Therefore, we should pray, expecting God can heal us in His Son’s name, but aware He may have another plan in mind. This other plan can trip us up, but it can also inspire us to trust Him more.