Did Jesus Ever Get Sick?

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Did Jesus ever get sick?

An Anonymous Reader

The Bible doesn’t record Jesus being sick, and it doesn’t say that He never got sick…so we don’t really know.

Some presume that He never got sick because He is God, but they forget or ignore that He is also fully human. He grew in wisdom and stature, got hungry, got tired, got frustrated, felt pain…so there’s no reason to assume that He never got sick. Hebrews 2:17 says that “He had to be made like His brothers in every way”.

Some have suggested that Jesus simply healed Himself whenever He started getting sick. That doesn’t seem to be a good answer, because Jesus says over and over in John that He did nothing on His own…it was His Father who was doing His work through Jesus. The Father could have kept Jesus from getting sick, but we have no evidence that He did or did not.

So: the answer to your question is “I don’t know”…but – from what I can tell – it’s also “Probably”.


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4 responses to “Did Jesus Ever Get Sick?”

  1. Steve Morris says:

    Heb 4:15  For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 

  2. Susan says:

    Your answer is short and great. Thanks

  3. Henry says:

    Yes he must have been sick to understand how we feel ..Hebrews 2:17 says that “He had to be made like His brothers in every way”.so if we re sick atimes as human am sure he felt what is like to be sick.

    • Tony says:

      Henry:

      Thanks for writing! Your response is the most common one. I’m not sure that Hebrews 2:17 means quite what you’ve suggested, though. First, let’s look at the verse in context, from verse 11 to 18:

      Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters… Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death – that is, the devil – and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

      Thinking about it carefully, there’s at least ONE way in which Jesus was NOT made like all of us “in every way.” You and I were born broken, with a sinful nature inherited from Adam. We have sinned, you and I… and we have felt the guilt and shame that rightfully comes with it. That is, I would suggest, one of the defining characteristics of humanity as we exist today. Jesus never sinned, so He never felt the disgrace of disobedience. Jesus – in a strictly human sense – could never understand what spiritual failure is like. If Hebrews 2 suggests that Jesus understands EVERYTHING that we feel, I would suggest that Hebrews 2 is wrong because it contradicts passages that tell us Jesus never sinned, like 1 Peter 2:22 and 1 John 3:5 and 2 Corinthians 5:21.

      I would not suggest that Hebrews 2 is wrong, of course. I would suggest that it simply doesn’t say that Jesus understands everything we go through. He’s never personally known drug addiction, or had a gambling problem, or slammed His finger in a middle-school locker. It does say that Jesus was made fully human. While He IS like us in all of the ways that make us human, He is NOT like us in that He never sinned.

      I’m sure He was sick at some point. I’m sure He lived through most of what we have lived through… but there are many things that we can experience that He did not.

      Does that make sense?

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