Monday: Many Facets of Healing

Easter Week Devotion by Barbara Baker

Good morning!  Today our Lord is blessing us in Luke 4:18:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed.”

Luke 4:18

After Jesus’ temptation in the desert, He returned to Nazareth, went to the synagogue where He was raised – His home church – on a Sabbath Day, stood, and read these words from a carefully penned scroll.  This verse was originally proclaimed by the prophet Isaiah in chapter 49 titled “The Servant, the Light to the Gentiles”.  Jesus was at that moment declaring that He stood as the fulfillment of ancient prophesy.  He came to preach the gospel and to heal God’s people for eternity.

As I prayerfully approached writing several devotions for the Easter season and Resurrection Sunday, Holy Spirit kept nudging me to write about healing.  My logical side said, “What? No.  It needs to be about Palm Sunday, the crucifixion, and the resurrection.”  Praise God, He didn’t give up on me.  He kept taking me to passages about Jesus’ healing ministry and helping me see that it wasn’t just about physical healing.  Jesus’ teachings and ministry were about healing the roots of mankind from original sin in the Garden throughout history with His blood on the Cross.  He is our Healer!

“He sent Me to heal the brokenhearted…” 

There are no words to say how many of us have been through this very healing process – letting go of current grief and wounds from the past with restoration to a new life in Christ.  Our Lord definitely heals emotions and carries the lonely in the warmth of His arms.  His healing words change lives, and those changed souls touch more broken ones with His healing touch and restoration is shared.

“…to proclaim liberty to the captives.” 

Whether from our own personal experiences or that of loved ones, most of us know that when we seek Him and ask, Jesus will free us from the bondage of addictions, destructive relationships, and poor mental health.  He is our Freedom!

“…and recover sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed.” 

Yes, Jesus restored sight to an abundance of blind people, but He also pressed hard for the short-sighted legalists to open their eyes to His message of freedom for all of God’s children.  Our Lord’s message stands firm today with vision and a new path for the poor and oppressed.

Praise God for the many facets of healing that our Lord Jesus brought to us during His incarnation.  Let’s meditate on the many aspects of Christ’s healing during Holy Week.  He is our Healer!

Jesus loves you!  Me, too!