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Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
The Holistic Healing that Christ gives Acts 9:32-35 v34“Aeneas, Peter said to him, Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and take care of your mat. Immediately Aeneas got up,” .
Jesus ministry comprised of, teaching, preaching, and healing, Mathew 4:23. Jesus gave to the disciples the power to “drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness,” Mathew 10:1. Holistic healing is caring about the whole person, by encompassing the physical, mental, spiritual, and social needs of a person. So holistic healing is a “wholistic” approach that looks at the whole person than just the health needs. For example, in Luke 17:11-19 we see that when Jesus healed ten lepers, the healing also solved the problem of the social discrimination they faced. Among the ten lepers, only one of them, a Samaritan, came back to thank Jesus, while the other nine went without looking back, to show themselves to the priest, as required in those days. This Samaritan, not only received physical healing but also spiritual healing as he was made “whole” by Jesus, when Jesus told him that “your faith has made you well.” Peace of mind is an essential part of healing. Only God can give us the everlasting peace. Sin makes people prone to sickness though it was not part of God’s plan. So, God sent His son to reunite the humanity back to Himself. In Mark 2:4-12, we see that Peter and the other disciples were with Jesus when Jesus healed a paralytic man, who was carried by four men, but because of the large crowd, they had to make an opening in the roof to lower the mat he was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, He healed the paralytic. Jesus told him that “your sins are forgiven.” In John 5:1-9, we see that Jesus healed a paralytic man who stayed beside the pool of Bethesda for 38 years without getting any help to take him to the pool when the water was stirred. To both these paralytic men, Jesus told almost the same thing, “get up, pick up your mat and walk. Jesus also told the Bethesda man that, “you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.” In Acts 9: 33, we see that when Peter saw Aeneas, who was a paralytic for 8 years, Peter said to him, Vs. 34, “Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and take care of your mat.” He got up immediately. All the people who saw that in Lydda and Sharon praised the Lord. So, the healing of that one person led to the salvation of that whole community. Ellen G. White said, “Savior made each work of healing an occasion for implanting Divine principles in the mind and soul. This was the purpose of His work.” Jesus’ healing was not limited to only body, mind and soul, Jesus also brought the dead back to life. Jesus received the power to do all these through persistent and earnest prayer.
PRAYER “Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise, Jere.17:14.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY “We think too much of what we can do and too little of what Christ can do through us, William Barclay.”
Susan Alex, MD, Jackson, TN
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church
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