When a new child comes to Banhaw Home she is typically malnourished, world worn and unhealthy.
But God provides healing.
Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. 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. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
It is often easy to take one phrase from a section of the Bible and try to make it fit our circumstances. How many times have we prayed this way using "by his wounds we are healed" as we are praying for the healing of someone's physical body?
But in reading this passage in context it is clear that the writer is speaking of the healing of our spiritual heart.
It is important to be healthy and want health for our physical body. But how. much. more. for our spiritual heart to be healed, to be washed clean, to be filled with Jesus?
Today I am feeling pressed to pray for spiritual healing of my broken nature, my sinful nature, my selfish nature. I am praying for you as well. I pray that we will completely accept all that Jesus did for us as he bore our iniquities.
Already he has taken our punishment and is freely holding out his hand to us....to give us an abundant life, to give us healing.