Health for Everyone in 2012?
Preface: However chaotic world history can appear, above it all, the Lord is working out His purposes, and human history will end with the glorious second coming of Jesus.
In 1978, in the city of Alma Atta, Russia, the World Health Organization (WHO) held an important meeting. The health authorities and governing entities of the world adopted a motto, a goal to be reached: “Health for everyone in the year 2000.”
The Word of God teaches us that total health for everyone, the complete restoration of physical, mental, and spiritual health, will occur at the second coming of Christ. At this time: “All the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other” (Matt. 24:30, 31, NKJV).
“For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality” (1 Cor. 15:52, 53, NKJV).
“Health for everyone when we meet Jesus face to face”: this could be attained in the year 2012. Only God knows the exact moment, but we have this assurance: “For yet a little while, / and He who is coming will come and will not tarry” (Heb. 10:37, NKJV).
When Jesus was here on earth, a good number of people enjoyed total health when “they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments . . . and He healed them” (Matt. 4:24, NKJV).
“Our Lord Jesus Christ came to this world as the unwearied servant of man’s necessity. It was His mission to bring to men complete restoration; He came to give them health and peace and perfection of character.”1
“During His ministry, Jesus devoted more time to healing the sick than to preaching. . . . His voice was the first sound that many had ever heard, His name the first word they had ever spoken, His face the first they had ever looked upon.”2
“The Saviour made each work of healing an occasion for implanting divine principles in the mind and soul. This was the purpose of His work. He imparted earthly blessings, that He might incline the hearts of men to receive the gospel of His grace.”3
“He accepted their invitations, attended their feasts, made Himself familiar with their interests and occupations, that He might gain access to their hearts, and reveal to them the imperishable riches.”4
During His earthly ministry, Jesus revealed to humanity God´s power and wisdom as much as His love and mercy. He touched the leper to heal him from a disease considered divine punishment for sin. He raised the paralytic whose sickness really was caused by sin. He opened the eyes of the man blind from birth whose ailment was not the direct result of his own sin or that of his parents.
Jesus not only healed people of their diseases and pain, He also forgave the sins of those who came to Him with faith. Those who came to Jesus with their sickness and sin could find in Him one “Who forgives all your iniquities, / Who heals all your diseases” (Ps. 103:3, NKJV).
At Jesus’ Second Coming, we will see the glory of God revealed and will no longer have to deal with the pain and sickness that this world has to offer.
1. Gospel Workers, p. 41.
2. Ministry of Healing, p. 19.
3. Ibid., p. 20.
4. Ibid., pp. 24, 25.