(With God All Things Are Possible)
We try to live healthy. Sometimes we need extra help. For many, the best they know is first to reach for pills or doctors. I’ve been helped by both, and would not speak against either. I DO want to offer the following thoughts to improve your choice of options.
Here’s to your health
Healing occurs throughout the Bible. It’s all around us, too. Have you ever seen a cut heal up? People’s experience varies so much, I risk making ANY generalizations, but here I go anyway. Healing realities in the Bible include:
—1. God’s written word
God’s written word
God’s word says, “He sent his word and healed them (Psalm 107)” Read his word and find many promises of healing: “I wish above all things you would prosper and be in [good] health (III John).” “[the Lord] Who forgives all your iniquities; who heals all your diseases” (Psalm 103).
I Corinthians 12 lists gifts of healing among 9 manifestations of the spirit. You find many records in scripture of healing ministered by Elijah, Jesus, Peter, Paul, and others.
Communion is not as widely recognized as a healing reality, much to our loss. But let’s correct that! I Corinthians 11:30: “For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.” Why? Not discerning the Lord’s body. Not doing communion right.
Communion’s two parts
His blood was shed for our forgiveness. This part seems to be well known. Knowing we are forgiven certainly helps us draw closer to God and receive His love, grace, and mercy.
But there is more!
His body was broken for our healing. I already mentioned I Corinthians 11. Also read Isaiah 53:5:
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
Compare Isaiah with I Peter 2:24:
Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
Did you see that change of tense? Isaiah, prophesying of Jesus still future, said “we are healed”.
Peter, looking back, reads “ye were healed”.
Promised, then accomplished. That is how God works. That is big!!
God keeps His promises.
Key to communion: REMEMBER
Let’s not miss the instructions repeated in I Corinthians 11, “This do in remembrance of me”
Communion is a time to remember the truth that through Jesus Christ’s accomplishments our sins can be forgiven, and through Jesus Christ our bodies can be healed. Long before we were able to receive it, Jesus already got this done.
In communion we REMEMBER, we celebrate, we recognize, we acknowledge, we reach out to receive the reality that Jesus Christ has brought us forgiveness of sins … AND HEALING.
So, let’s honor his work and receive the forgiveness he bled for.
Let’s honor his work and receive the healing he was broken for.
Let it not be said we received not because we asked not.
Or worse, that we simply … forgot!
Communion is done in remembrance of both of these.
Communion …. REMEMBER
Back in Egypt the Lord told Moses
Every household should take to them a lamb,
Strike its blood upon the door posts,
And eat it, staff in hand, while they stand.
By his shed blood we are forgiven.
By his broken body we are healed,
And with God all things are possible.
Remember, be forgiven
Remember, be forgiven
Be forgiven and be healed!
Those that did what the Lord told Moses
Saw deliverance and worshipped the Lord.
Today we remember with bread and wine,
Continuing in prayer with one accord.
Your thoughts, please …
Have you seen healing at communion? Might you approach your next communion with greater expectations for both forgiveness AND healing? Please share your thoughts in “Leave a reply”, below.
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