December 27, 2006

Why and How He Healed

Luke 8:40-48

She told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. Luke 8:47


When Jesus came to live among us, he brought healing. The woman we read about today is an example of that healing power. She touched Jesus and was instantly healed.

Jesus turned around and asked who had touched him. He had felt healing power go out from him. The woman came forward trembling, and "in the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed." She testified to the healing power of Christ.

If you are a Christian, you too have been healed by Christ in some way. Even if you haven't been healed physically, you have been healed spiritually. The Bible tells us that at one time we were all dead in sin and blind to the truth of God. As the hymn Amazing Grace states, "I once ... was blind but now I see." We were all spiritually blind without Christ. But he healed the eyes of our hearts (Ephesians 1:18) so that we can see.

Christ also calls all of us who are Christians to give testimony to his healing power in our lives. That isn't always easy. We may be ashamed or embarrassed by the sins and character flaws that infected our hearts before Christ healed us. But without pointing to what was wrong with us, we can't point to his greatness and healing power.


Lord God, thank you for your healing touch in my life. Help me to find ways to tell others about your healing power over sin that once controlled me. In your name, Amen.

About the author — Joel Sheeres

Rev. Joel Sheeres is the pastor at First Christian Reformed Church in Crown Point, Indiana. He and his wife, Christine, have three children. Pastor Sheeres has previously served at Faith Christian Reformed Church in Elmhurst, Illinois.

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