Scripture: Acts 10:34 Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism 35 but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right. 36 You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. 37 You know what has happened throughout the province of Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached—38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.
Observation: There’s an interesting observation Peter makes concerning the healing that Jesus performed in Judea before his death and resurrection. Peter says Jesus went around “healing all who were under the power of the devil”. This statement connects physical healing and spiritual healing, not as separate events, but as one in the same.
Application: This is an interesting passage for me as I’m preparing a sermon for Sunday entitled “Healing Happens”. It’s the second installment in a series entitled “When Stuff Happens”. Because stuff happens. To everyone. Good stuff and bad stuff. And while I tend to be impressed with the physical healing stories found in the gospels, this passage is pushing me to think more broadly. Jesus didn’t just heal people’s bodies, he freed them from the power of the devil, from spiritual bondage. And then, is some cases, he would spend several days with those whom he just healed. It’s as though Jesus didn’t just want people to be healed, but he wanted them to know the Healer. This is true of you and me too. Physical healing eventually ends in death. Knowing the Healer carries one into eternal life. Boom! I have more to ponder here…
Prayer: Lord, help me to mine out this truth as I prepare to share a word of healing on Sunday. Amen.