Updated: Apr 1
Light | Reader – Easter 2020
Silence and stillness before God (2 minutes)
Reading: 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. (NIV)
When I was fourteen, I underwent a 9 hour back surgery to correct an S-curve of my spine with two titanium rods and various screws. It was after this that I accepted the Lord, acknowledging my need for Him as I lay in a hospital bed in the ICU. Because of some major complications during the surgery, the speed of my recovery and return home was remarkable and I was able to give glory to God. In this life-altering event, not only did I experience Jesus' physical healing in recovery, but a spiritual healing in my need for a Savior.
As part of the Christian & Missionary Alliance's beliefs and the Fourfold Gospel, we believe in Jesus' healing. Not only His desire and power to heal physically as seen in the New Testament, but emotional and spiritual healing as well.
Rev. John Soper writes on the Christian & Missionary website, "How do you prove such an intangible thing? First, Jesus lived in a culture where the assumption was that sickness was a result of sin. Second, based on the same assumption, healing comes with forgiveness of sin. To prove that He had the power to forgive sins, Jesus said to the man who was lowered down through roof on a mat, “Friend, your sins are forgiven…take your mat and go home” (Luke 5:20)...Jesus’ wonderful, compassionate willingness to reach out and touch our physical needs demonstrates that it’s not just future tense but present tense. Salvation starts now. He heals in this life, in this moment, in anticipation of something much more complete as eternity rolls on."
Jesus was, and is, compassionate. His heart is for His people, not just for our souls, but for our hearts and bodies as well. We have peace - peace of mind (2 Tim. 1:7), and peace in salvation (Rom. 5:1-2) - because of what Jesus accomplished for us. Because of His sacrifice, we can boldly come before the throne of Grace and ask for the Lord to do a deep work in our lives.
Question to consider this week: In what ways can you invite Jesus into this moment with you?
Action step: As you have time to reflect, where in your life do you need healing - physically, emotionally, or spiritually? Reach out to someone you trust after some reflection and pray with them for His healing in your life.
Prayer: Jesus, thank you for your sacrifice. Thank you for taking on my sin, iniquity, and transgressions so that I can experience Your peace and healing. I want to lay down these burdens I am carrying in exchange for Your healing. I pray that in all I do, I will bring glory to You. It's all about You, Lord. In Jesus' name, amen.
Conclude with silence (2 minutes)