04 Oct 2016

Church: A Place to Find Healing

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This work, “Numbers 5”, is a derivative of “Mount Moses” by Mohammed Moussa, used under CC BY-SA 3.0. “Numbers 5” is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 by ICM Chelsea.

Nicky Gumbel posted a great tweet: “Churches are not museums that display perfect people. They are hospitals where the wounded, hurt, injured and broken find healing.”

In Numbers 5, we’re reminded of the Law from Leviticus 13–15 which required those who were ceremonially unclean to live outside the camp community, away from the presence of God, until they were well again and declared clean by the priest. This must’ve been difficult for those who wanted to be close to God’s presence in the midst of the camp (the Tabernacle) but weren’t allowed.

The good news is that when Jesus came and saved us from our sins He also made us clean. On the cross He took our dirtiness, guilt and shame that came because of sin. So now, even when we are sick we can come to God directly for healing. We can ask Him in His presence in the name, and by the authority of Jesus. Jesus is our Healer (Jehovah Rapha). Jesus’ half brother, James, said:

James 5:14-16 NIV
[14] Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. [15] And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. [16] Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

But what if nothing seems to happen after being prayed over? It’s important to know and believe that God has not abandoned you; He still loves you. It may not be the right time. God can bring healing through medical professionals and medicine. God may have something planned that will make Him famous, through your story, as Jesus explained before healing a man born blind in John 9:1-12:

… This man was born blind so that God’s power could be shown in him. (v. 3 NCV)

Does seeing church as a hospital change your perception of your sickness and the local church?

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