Isaiah 53:5 -But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.
1 Peter 2:24- “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”
I got a call last night from a lady in our congregation who asked me to pray for a friend; a mother of two. She had recently had surgery on for a brain tumor and when the doctors pulled out the stitches they discovered a staff infection. It is very serious especially near the brain. So we prayed on the phone and than I activated the prayer chain. When I got off the phone my heart was heavy for this woman.
Jesus is the “great physician”. I was reminded of this during my phone call. No matter how grave a situation might be Jesus is the answer. I will always stand on the side of prayer with hope.
Our prayer list seems extremely heavy these days. That is one reason I love to do a gratitude journal. I like to look at the prayers God has answered and the blessings he has poured out on us. It helps to remind me that no matter how heavy our prayer list seems that God is still able to heal, answer prayer, and comfort those in need.
I love to talk about weight loss almost as much as I talk about Jesus. I feel they are tied together. I gain my strength and will power from Christ our Lord. I resist temptations of eating by his power and his faith in me. So when someone asked me about it I will talk about weight loss and Jesus. Jesus is the “Great Physician”.
With the Easter Message right around the corner the two verses came to mind. And I heard really clear two words from the message. The first one is “wounds”. The wounds that we get in life come from our sins, the things we have done wrong, and the wrongs done to us. These wounds are profound, critical, and life-threatening. If the hemorrhaging isn’t stopped we will die an eternal death in Hell where there is eternal darkness, pain and torment, and complete separation from God’s love, grace, and forgiveness. It is by the wounds that he endured in on the cross that our treatment is found.
The second word is healed. Not just treated, bandaged, covered up, or given care but totally and completely healed. “Look, good as new”! Our sins are gone. As far as the East is from the West (Psalm 103:12). The blood of Jesus heals, purifies, and removes all sin (I John 1:7+9).
Although the healing of our infirmities is important, what we need most is healing from our sins. Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners” (Mark 2:17). That is why he is called “The Great Physician”. It is not for his ability to heal the sick but for his ability to give us what we need most…healing from our sins.
Dear Holy Father, You are Jehovah-Rapha who heals our broken lives and broken spirits. You offer your healing from our sins through the death and resurrection of your Son, Jesus. I praise you and lift you up. Thank you for healing my infirmities and touching my life with you power. But most of all I praise you for taking away my sins and iniquities. You are my God, my Lord, my King. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
“The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.”
“Listen to God with a broken heart. He is not only the doctor who mends it, but also the father who wipes away the tears.”
― Criss Jami