Healer of Disease

Lyrics

VERSE 1

I’ve been asking “why?” for way too long, wondering why I sing this song

With no room for change, since the first time I sang

It was like I never had a choice, a burden placed upon my voice

Every day the same, are you lost when there’s no way?

 

I tell myself “try to believe,” but the leprosy is all they see

Pushed to the side, I’m an outcast to die

As if I chose this path for me, is this fate or is this destiny?

What will it take? Is there a way to 

 

PRE-CHORUS

Break, this curse of vanity?

Hear my cry, for healing

 

CHORUS

Jesus, if willing make me clean

Touch me, heal me, set me free

Bowing, praying, I believe

I’m reaching out for You, the Healer of disease 

 

VERSE 2

What I’d give to feel the grass again, the earth below me as I ran

Not a burden for friends, being carried again

In a house, I heard not far away, a man has come who heals the lame

Is it possible for me?  My friends they say believe

 

They carried me up low then high until the roof became the sky

As they lowered me down on a mat to the ground

This man was different from the rest, He looked at them my eyes perplexed 

By the beauty within, could He rid me of this sin and

 

PRE-CHORUS

Break, this curse of vanity?

Hear my cry, for healing

 

CHORUS

Jesus, if willing make me clean

Touch me, heal me, set me free

Bowing, praying, I believe

I’m reaching out for You, the Healer of disease 

 

VERSE 3

I stood up straight with jar in hand, I know I have to see this man

But something holds me back, is it fear or faith I lack?

I can’t go on to live this way, I’m desperate for my life to change

Trying hard to hide the fear, I ran and He appeared

 

I could not look Him in the eyes and wiped His feet with tear stained cries

Pleading for grace, as He looked in my face

If He knew the many things I’ve done, like the Pharisee He’d tell me run 

But His voice did not condemn, as He spoke His love rushed in to 

 

PRE-CHORUS

Break, this curse of vanity 

Hear my cry, for healing

 

CHORUS

Jesus, if willing make me clean

Touch me, heal me, set me free

Bowing, praying, I believe

I’m reaching out for You, the Healer of disease 

 

BRIDGE

He said, “I am willing to heal

Take your mat, dry your tears, you can feel

Your sins are forgiven, and your faith has made you whole

Rest now, My child, you can go home”

 

OUTRO

I am healed (I am healed) 

I am healed (I am healed) 

I am healed (I am healed) 

I am healed

         

I am free from my sins, what a joy I feel within

I am healed

I am healed

I am free from my sins, what a joy I feel within

I am healed

I am healed

Luke 5:12-26(NIV)

Jesus Heals a Man With Leprosy

12 While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”

13 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him.

14 Then Jesus ordered him, “Don’t tell anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.”

15 Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. 16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.

Jesus Forgive and Heals a Paralyzed Man

17 One day Jesus was teaching, and Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there. They had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal the sick.18 Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. 19 When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus.

20 When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”

21 The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, “Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”

22 Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? 23 Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 24 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.”25 Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God. 26 Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, “We have seen remarkable things today.”

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Dive Deeper

 

Jesus Cleanses a Leper 

Luke 5:12-16 

15 But now even more the report about him went abroad, and great crowds gathered to hear him and to be healed of their infirmities.

 

          Here is a man who was full of leprosy. He was seen as rejected and unclean. He was most likely isolated from all people, including his family and loved ones. But when Jesus comes, this man throws himself before him and confesses that he believes Jesus can make him clean. Jesus does and commands him to tell no one, something that I can imagine would be hard for this healed man.  Instead, the man is to show himself to the priest as proof. This leads to verse 15, above, which states that even great crowds gathered to hear Jesus and to be healed. Luke shows the importance of Jesus’ preaching ministry, the power of his words, before his ability to heal. 

 

Jesus Heals a Paralytic

 

Luke 5:17-26

20 And when he saw their faith, he said, “Man, your sins are forgiven”

 

          Here is a man who is paralyzed. His own friends had to carry him to Jesus and lower him through a roof so that Jesus might see him. As they lowered him, Jesus looks upon the faith of the friends and declares with the that the paralyzed man is forgiven. Instantly, the scribes and Pharisees begin to question who Jesus is to say such a thing. It is not until a few verses later that Jesus tells the paralytic man to rise and walk. Jesus speaks out of his authority to forgive sins before he heals the paralyzed man. 

 

A Sinful Woman Forgiven 

 

Luke 7:36-50 

47 Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven – for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” 48 And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” 

 

          Here is a woman who has so many sins that Jesus states that very truth to the people around him. But she has come and poured out her heart before him, wetting his feet with her tears and wiping them with her hair. Jesus uses this time to share a lesson with Simon and then proclaims that the sins of this woman are forgiven. 50 And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” It was not the love of this woman that saved her.  It was not her devotion to Christ that saved her. It was her faith in Him.  She had such faith in Him and believed in the words that He said when He proclaimed her forgiveness.

 

Jesus, If willing make me clean

Touch me, heal me, set me free 

Bowing, praying, I believe 

I’m reaching out for you, the Healer of Disease 

 

           God has given all authority to his son Jesus Christ. We see this throughout scripture and the life of Christ. Jesus has the power and the authority to heal every disease, every illness, every condition. There is nothing on this earth that is greater than our Savior. But it is not the healing of our physical trials that is the greatest healing of all.  In fact, physical healing is truly only temporary. Rather it is the healing and redeeming of our souls that is more powerful than that of our body.

           People gathered to hear Jesus and then to be healed of their infirmities. Jesus spoke to the paralyzed man and forgave him before he rose and walked.  Jesus looked upon a woman who had many sins and forgave her because of her faith. In each case, Jesus first speaks words that can heal a person’s soul, which is often the more broken part. 

           We have to choose to believe the words that Jesus has spoken to us. He may not always choose to heal our diseases, our illnesses, and our conditions, but that does not impact His ability to do so. It may feel like your prayers for healing are bouncing off empty walls, simply falling into silence. But it is in those moments that we must be like the leper and the friends of the paralyzed man and the sinful woman. We must choose to have faith and to call out in the name of Jesus over and over again and to believe. We must declare that Jesus has the power to heal, surround ourselves with friends who have great faith, and pour their hearts before him. Even when we do not see the physical healing, Jesus can still do healing within each of our hearts and will continue to do so until we finally are called to Heaven, our home. 

 

He said, “I am willing to Heal” 

Take your mat, dry your tears, you can feel 

Your sins are forgiven

Your faith has made you whole 

Rest now, my child, you can go home
 

Questions for Reflection: 

 

  1. Of the three passages given, which person do you tend to identify with most? Are you the person who throws himself at Jesus, believing that he can heal him? Are you the person who is carried by his friends who have such great faith? Are you the person who pours himself out before the Lord on the ground? If you don’t identify with any, which one do you desire to be like? 

  2. Why do you think that the Lord chooses to physically heal certain people and not others? What are your views on suffering? How do you think the lessons learned through healing and the lessons learned through suffering compare to one another? 

  3. Just like the Pharisees that were in the crowd watching the healing of the paralytic man, sometimes we lack belief. Christ commanded the man to get up and walk as proof of his authority because his words of forgiveness did not satisfy the Pharisees and scribes. How often do you take the words of Christ and fully believe them? What are some of his promises that are the hardest for you to believe? Which are the easiest? 

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Hiddens Features

Biblical Point of View(s):

The Leper, the paralytic who is lowered down from the roof and then

healed by Jesus, the woman with the alabaster Jar of perfume who

comes in and washes Jesus’ feet with her perfume and hair.

Musical Explanation:

  • This song has three vocalists who sing the different stories found

        in this song. 

  • The first verse is about the paralytic who sings of the burden placed upon his life. The song he sings of is not technically a physical song he is singing, but rather the state of his life. 

  • As the songs progresses each voice is added on the pre-chorus of the songs as the vocalists sing “break this curse in vanity, hear my cry for healing”. This song is the prayer of each person and the layered harmonies as it progresses shows the increased longing by each person to receive healing in their lives. 

  • The voices come together in unison as Christ says, “I am willing to heal” and then in the line to follow Christ addresses each of them individually. He says “Take your mat” to the paralytic, “dry your tears” to the woman, and “you can feel” to the leper. 

  • The pre-chorus sings “Break, this cure of vanity, hear my cry, for healing”. Vanity here is not referring to excessive pride in appearance but rather the quality of being worthless or futile. The second definition is used because each person is singing and asking Jesus to heal them so they are not worthless or futile, but asking for meaning. 

How to sing:

This song is to be sung with immense faith in a given situation. Healer of Disease is a cry and prayer for healing. Healing from one’s infirmities, and thus there must be a desperation in you to no longer desire the life you have always lived but a desire to be healed by the man you have heard can heal. As you listen to/sing this song, envision yourself as the paralytic. Imagine you cannot walk and then one day you are told to stand up and, in this moment, you are able to obey the command given to you for the first time in your life. As you listen to/sing this song, imagine the joy you would feel. Imagine how this will change your entire life. Imagine the power of the Gospel, and how someone would feel if God answered their prayer for healing.

Healer of Disease