Luke declared “And healed them that had need of healing.” These words apply to all mankind, not one of us is not in need of healing spiritually are physically and in most cases both.
We live in a world of sin. Sin touches our life in so may ways, we all were born into sin according to David of old. He stated, “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.” (Ps.51:5) There is nothing of which we have greater need than a Divine healer.
Jesus came to forgive us of our sin. “For he shall save his people from their sins.” (Mt.1:21) and heal our bodies “by his stripes ye were healed.” (I.Pt.2:24)
What does sin mean to mankind? It means Sickness, disease, derangement, pain-both spiritual and physical. How wonderful it is to know and hear these great words. “I am the Lord that healeth thee.” There have been times and occasion in which we have had to cry out “Heal me,O Lord, and I shall be healed.” Each of us find our need again and again in the great Physician, Jesus Christ.
We need Jesus as people who are subject to disease and pain. When we consider the severe complex of our body structure and considering also the irregularities and evils of which we are guilty. “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23). It is so wonderful that there is as much health in the world as there are.
We may thank the Lord of our lives that He heals us so readily and so often. God heals us in a number of ways.
First, by conferring on us a nature which recover power, so that without any medical aid the wound is healed, the organ recovers its power and fulfill its functions.
Secondly, by giving us medicine which science has discovered and apply, by the nature of which is to heal and restore.
We must not forget that in both of these cases it is the Lord of our human body and of nature who works. Whenever we are healed of sickness we should join with an exclamation of joy as did the psalmist David. “O, bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.” (Ps.103:3)
Those of you who have been brought back from the gates of the grave by Christ’s loving and healing kindness must consider whether we are paying him the vows which we made in the hour of suffering and danger. David stated “I will pay thee my vows.” (Ps.13:14)
We all are the children of pain and sickness. Possibly a few of us have escaped serious sickness in our life time, yet all of us have had to face sorrow.
Sorrow is a visitor that knocks at every door, that finds its way into every human life. It may be same gradually approaching evil, which at length end in disaster, it may be some sudden blow, which badly bruises, if it does not break the heart, it may be a heavy, entangling lose, it may be the grave, it may be oppressive anxiety or some great failure.
Yet how precious, then, beyond all price is the healing of our Divine healer. Thank God that in our dark hours our Lord comes to us with a ministering hand.
He impels all those who are dear to us to grant us their tenderest and most sustaining love, and human kindness is a very healing thing.
Christ grants us his own most gracious sympathy. For we know and feel that He is with us, watching over us daily, He is afflicted in our affliction.
Many times we suffer from a wounded character. The scripture tell us a wounded spirit is worse than a bodily infirmity “The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear it.” (Prov.18:14) Yet it appears a wounded character is worse than a wounded spirit, for that is a spirit that has injured itself.
There are those who present to their friends the display of bodily health and material prosperity, but what their Master sees when he regards them is spiritual infirmity.
They are weak, sickly, instead of being devoted they are lukewarm, instead of reverence they are disrespectful in spirit, instead of holy morals and wise restraint there is negligent if not positive disobedience, in instead of zeal is coldness and indifference to God’s cause and kingdom. Jesus can and will heal, and to such he says, “I will heal thy backsliding, “ The great question is “Wilt thou be made whole?”
If people will come to him in a spirit of humility, faith, and reconsecration they will receive power from his gracious hand. They will rise renewed, as they rise from the couch of spiritual weakness and indifference to walk, to run in the way of his commandment, to climb the heights and enjoy a close and holy fellowship with God. “I will extol thee O Lord, for thou hast lifted me up, and hast not made my foes to rejoice over me.” (Ps.30:1)