The Promise of Healing
“But for you who obey me, my saving power will rise like the sun and bring healing like the sun rays. You will be as free as calves let out of a stall.” (Mal. 4: 2)
God has given us the gift of a Good Shepherd in Christ: he bandages our wounds.
His wounds heal: “It is by his wounds that you have been healed.” (1 Pet. 2: 24)
His life heals:
“We who have this spiritual treasure are like common clay pots, in order to show that the supreme power belongs to God and not to us. We are often troubled, but not crushed; sometimes in doubt, but never in despair; there are many enemies, but we are never without a friend; and though badly hurt at times, we are not destroyed. At all times we carry in our mortal bodies the death of Jesus, so that his life is seen in us.” (2 Cor. 4: 7-10)
He has healed our loneliness: “we are raised to a life with Christ.” (Col. 3: 1)
He has healed us of our worries as he carries our burdens:
“Come to me all of you who are tired from carrying heavy loads….for the yoke I will give you is light and the load I will put on you is light.” (Mt. 11: 28-30) he does it by giving us the light of the Holy Spirit to see every situation in the glorious light of God!
“Praise the Lord who carries our burdens day after day.” (Ps. 68: 19)
He has healed us of our fear of death by reveling Resurrection!
He has healed us of our sinfulness by washing us clean in the waters of Baptism and through the gift of the Spirit of love.
He has healed us of sorrow by giving us a new song of joy in the Holy Spirit.
His Words/Gospel heals: “Just give the word and my servant will be healed.”
His Gift of the Spirit heals
He has healed our weakness by empowering us.
He has healed our sorrows by giving us a new light. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me…to give you a song of joy instead of sorrow, a song of hope instead of mourning.”
He has healed our relationships through the gifts of the Spirit for love, peace and service.
The Spirit gives us immunity from all kinds of sufferings. (Mk. 16: 15-18)
He has healed us of natural passions and desires through the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness; humility and self-control. (Gal. 5: 22-25)
Faith, hope and love heals
Job, a man of many trials is healed by his faith, love and hope:
“If my troubles and grief were weighed on scales, they would weigh more than the sands of the sea.” (Job. 6:1)
“I know that my redeemer lives and that he will come at last to my defense.” (Jb. 19: 25)
“Even though he slays me, still I will trust him.” (Jb. 13: 15)
“You have given me life and constant love and your visitation has preserved my life.” (Jb. 10: 12)
“This prayer made in faith will heal the sick person.” (Js. 5: 15)
The gift of healing: “In the church God has put all in place: in the first place apostles….followed by those who are given the power to heal.” 1Cor. 12: 27-31)
“Paul went into his room, prayed, placed his hands on him, and healed him.” (Act. 28: 8)
“Paul saw that he believed and could be healed and so he looked straight at him and said in a loud voice, “stand up straight on your feet.” The man jumped up and started walking.”(Act. 14: 9-10)
The Love of God/Christ at work in us heals. There is no greater healing power than that of love! Apostle Paul, who experienced that love, wrote a hymn to love: “love is patient and kind, it is not jealous or conceited or proud; love is not ill-mannered selfish or irritable; love does not keep a record of wrongs; love never gives up…” (1 Cor. 13: 1-10)
THE MARVELLOUS HEALING LIGHT IN US
“God who said, out of darkness light shall shine has let his light shine in our hearts.” (2 Cor. 4: 6)
The light of the Holy Spirit
Apostle Simon Peter describes the believer as a people who have come from darkness to God’s marvelous light. It is the light of Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Apostle Paul prayed for the community: “I ask the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, to give you the Spirit who will make you wise and reveal God to you, so that you will know him. I ask that your minds may be opened to see his light, so that you will know what is the hope to which he has called you, how rich are the wonderful blessings he promises his people, and how very great is his power at work
in us who believe. This power working in us is the same as the mighty strength which he used when he raised Christ from death and seated him at his right hand.” (Eph. 1: 17-20)
We are able to see God as a Father, living, loving, merciful ever present, Almighty, eternal, at work in our lives, as one who spoke and continues to speak.
We are able to see Christ and his glory as the Son of God, the Savior and Christ, as Risen and present within us and at work in us. We are able to see the glory of his cross and His self-emptying love, therefore as the Righteous One and not as the sinner who was hung on the cross, therefore, his sacrificial death.
THE LIGHT OF GOD, THE LIGHT OF CHRIST IN US
When Judas got up from the table to betray him the Lord saw it as an opportunity to glorify God in himself.
When he saw that his own disciples would all run for their lives, he saw in it the presence of the Lord. (Jn. 16: 32)
When he saw the imminent cross, passion and death, he saw in it the power of God and victory over the world.
When he saw the cross, he saw the opportunity to express his perfect love for father and the world.
He saw in him the call of the Father
He saw in his utterances the voice of the father
He saw in the signs he performed the power of the Father. He saw in his disciples the Father’s gift to him.
When his friend Lazarus passed away, he saw it as that would bring glory to god; as in the healing of the blind man.
He saw in the wild grass and the smallest of the sparrows, the providence of the Father.
The healing of The Community at Thessalonica: 1 Thess. 1: 6
We are able to see the Spirit from the signs. The lord spoke of the spirit like the wind that we do not know where it is coming from. But we know it from its effects: through the power at work in us and in the gifts and fruits of the spirit; the signs of the spirit: confession of Jesus, this new life, our faith, knowledge of the plan of salvation, knowledge of God, the gifts, It is a light that brings a rich harvest of every kind of goodness and righteousness. (Eph. 5: 9)
We have received the light of the gospel and have become believers
We are able to see ourselves as children of God and so as brothers and sisters.
We are able to see everything as gifts and so are filled with joy and praise. (1Cor. 4: 7)
Sufferings, hardships, persecutions and difficult people in our lives
We are able to see sufferings, persecutions and hardships as opportunities to share in the life of Christ. (Act. 5: 41)
We are troubled, sometimes in doubt, have many enemies, badly hurt, in all these we carry the death of Jesus (His Love), so that his life may be seen in us. (2Cor. 4: 8-10)
As the author of the letter to the Hebrews says we able to see sufferings and hardships as occasions of God helping to grow in the perfect love. (Heb. 12: 7)
The first Christian community saw the persecutions as opportunities to spread the gospel.
We are able to see sufferings as bringing the endurance of love. (1Pet. 2: 22-23)
The persecutions in Asia were to teach them to rely upon God and not on ourselves. (2Cor. 1: 8-9)
We see his presence in us that we walk with him. (Col. 1: 27)
Our weaknesses and sins
We are able to see the thorn in our flesh as angels to remind us of the grace of God. (2Cor. 12: 7-10)
You think like humans and not like God!
We tend to see that we are doing this and that and not that God is calling us to do this and that!
The hurts in human relationships are because of human way of seeing…
THE ‘I’ OR ‘ME’ IN ALL OF US!
My saving power will rise on you like morning sun bringing its healing rays. (Mal. 4: 2)
This light of faith has brought amazing healing in our lives!