Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
The Holistic Healing that Christ gives (Medical Mission Sunday
2 Kings: 20:1-11
v6 I will add fifteen years to your life. And I will deliver you and the city from the hand of the King of Assyria. I will defend this city for my sake and sake of my servant David.
Jesus travelled throughout Galilee, preaching the Gospel in the kingdom of God. The news of Jesus healing all diseases was the Divine experience of the Gospel. Not only did Jesus want healing from physical ailments, but He also wanted to ensure the holistic healing of all men through His ministry.
This portion describes the life of King Hezekiah of Judah. The king attempted to correct the Divine voice, which stated that the king’s life would end at a certain point in time, by describing the glory of his heritage and his religious life. However, neither the king nor we can correct God’s decision using any of these descriptions. Jesus concluded His sermon on the Mount by saying, “Many will say to me on that day, Lord, Lord did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles? Then I will tell them plainly, I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers “(Mathew :7:22-23). This realization should be a great lesson for our spiritual life. The Divine work in the life of the king took place when the life of the king became a tearful prayer. God’s warning was not limited to the king but to all of Jerusalem. God declared that the whole kingdom would perish if they do not return to Divine experience and worship.
While appointing kings to Israel, God wanted the kings to be priests who would keep the people close to God rather than exert their own authority. However, the kings forgot God, and hence people forgot God. Due to the King Hezekiah’s tearful prayer, holistic healing took place everywhere. In response to the king’s prayer, God gave the king fifteen additional years. Old Testament scholars reveal that this promise can be dated from about the time of the siege of Jerusalem. His recovery was also symbolic of the recovery of Jerusalem.
Our tearful prayers make our present more meaningful by being grateful for the past and hopeful for the future.
O God accept our prayers and heal us. O God grant us Your Grace to always remember that we are redeemed through our Savior Jesus Christ. God, grant us Your grace to always pray for the complete salvation of this universe. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
“A day without prayer is a day without blessing, and a life without prayer is a life without power.” – Edwin Harvey
Rev. David Cherian,
Vicar, St. Luke’s MTC, Florida
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church