Pastor Ben Spitler
I preached on healing this past Sunday and I may very well come back to it again this Sunday, so prominent was healing in the ministry of Jesus. I love the opening verses of Revelation 22—Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2 down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. I love trying to imagine that scene—the city, the river, the tree and millions upon millions of people of all colors and languages and from all places on earth and times in history, gathered there in the presence of God, whole and happy and at peace—healed of all the suffering and strife and pain that this fallen world produced.
Our healing won’t be complete until that day, but until that day God is in the healing business—physically, emotionally, relationally, racially, nationally and most importantly, spiritually. God does not always heal. Sometimes that may be because of a lack of faith. Other times, even where faith is present, He chooses not to and we have to trust that He’s got some redemptive purpose in mind. Understanding that, we should pray for healing! And we should ask God to strengthen our faith.
Most of the recorded miracles of Jesus were healing miracles, many of them physical, but I have to believe He brought healing in the full range of human experience. I believe Jesus recognized the full gamut of the effects of sin and saw people’s need for healing in every facet of their lives. It got me to thinking about how I look at people along the way each day. You definitely run into a fair amount of bad behavior and less than positive attitudes :) Maybe I could see the need for healing in all that. Maybe I could pray more and complain less :) Maybe I could respond more and react less. I should definitely say and do things that act more like a salve than salt on what may be wounds manifesting themselves in some less than positive, even sinful ways. Just some thoughts on the heels of a healing message. Hope to see you this Sunday when, perhaps, we’ll take that up again.