I was sitting in church today and started thinking about how Jesus healed people and how everything He did had something to teach us in the natural and in the spiritual. And it hit me, the people He healed had a parallel window to how He sees us in our natural state.
Jesus touched the untouchable. He made the dead alive again. He spoke healing to some who He never even saw. Some came to Him and some He found. Some were brought to Him by unconventional means, and some were in the path of His journey. Whatever the circumstance, when He was asked if He would heal, He was willing.
Our physical, sinful state needs His redemption. We are all in a different placement in this life. Some of us are pretty good, in our opinion...never really did or even want to do much wrong. Some have drifted down to a more infected place... so tainted, jaded, and hurting. Some are so far off and so far gone, we can only wonder if there is any help at all out there. No one in a place of goodness wants to associate with them or try to reach out to them.
One of the most beautiful and intruiging verses in the Bible is Isaiah 53:5 -
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.
This verse used to only mean spiritual healing to me. At a point in my understanding of God's fullness for life, this verse changed and meant a physical restoring. I see how it pertains to both. God, who is the Giver of all good things, wants us to dwell in His healing both physically and spiritually.
His goodness is beyond measure. We can always learn from the WORD - Jesus! What healing that Jesus did stands out the most to you? What is the natural state that you can see paralleled in this action? Definately more to come on this...