The Greek word most often used to talk about our rescue, being “saved,” is “sozo.” This word is not only used to describe being saved and delivered (from danger or destruction) but also used when referring to healing, restoration of health, or being made whole. The Bible is full of words, promises really, that God is about restoration, healing and growth. It’s one of the main things Jesus in his time with us – heal people: physical healing, mental health restoration, emotional healing. The book of Matthew describes just one of many days where Jesus devoted himself to it. He said, “A vast crowd brought to [Jesus] people who were lame, blind, crippled, those who couldn’t speak, and many others. They laid them before [him], and he healed them all. The crowd was amazed! Those who hadn’t been able to speak were talking, the crippled were made well, the lame were walking, and the blind could see again! And they praised the God of Israel.” He even raised the dead.
I was captured by the truth in a song recently, “Gold,” by Apollo Ltd. “There’s nothing his love leaves broken,” they sing. That’s certainly how it’s played out in my life. If we are willing, if we will listen and follow him, Jesus is willing to make us whole, give us beauty for ashes, and exchange our mourning for gladness. It’s a process, and it takes partnership with him. But he is oh so willing. When we are healed and made whole, we become more of the person he created us to be – uniquely crafted, in his likeness – to do life and work together. For our good and his glory. There’s nothing his love leaves broken.
Jesus doesn’t save us JUST to preserve us as we are until we get to heaven. Yes, that’d coming- AND he’s in the restoration business here and now. He’s like our own personal trainer. And he left his spirit – the Counselor, he said – to guide the way. Yes, Jesus is about forward motion, more into his likeness and who he created us to be. For our good and his glory.
Jesus’ teaching was primarily made up of stories and parables that forced his listeners to stop and evaluate themselves, and ultimately, move towards positive change and growth. He asked them to look past what they’d been taught for generations, what they THOUGHT they knew about how to please God, how to get free from sin, how to live and treat others. He rattled cages and tossed tables. He pushed people outside their #comfortzones because nothing #grows there.
And yet, he’s a gentleman. We always have free will. We always have the choice to reject his offer, his help, his freedom. Because if it’s forced, it’s not love – it’s duty. And God wants relationship. He loves us and wants us to love him in return. To do that, we get to know him. We follow him. We learn, we grow. And with his help and his power, we are able to lay down our burdens and be healed and restored and refined into the very best version of ourselves. And that brings our #Maker all sorts of kudos.
Jesus said that he came so we might have life that’s abundant and overflowing with God’s goodness. In the psalms, the poets say that his goodness will follow us, pursue us, all the days of our lives. We just have to take his hand, and take a step towards him. He will do the rest.
Join the Journey
- Consider this: what does #healing and #wholeness look like in your life? Write God a letter. In it, tell him what you envision. Then ask him what HE envisions. ⠀⠀⠀⠀
- Read this: God, I invite your searching gaze into my heart.⠀⠀ Examine me through and through;⠀⠀ find out everything that may be hidden within me. Put me to the test and sift through all my anxious cares. See if there is any path of pain I’m walking on, and lead me back to your glorious, everlasting ways—the path that brings me back to you. (psalm 139:23-24 TPT)⠀⠀
- – Sometimes out healing is from ourselves. Do any “paths of pain” come to mind? What does God’s way look like? How do you step back towards him?
- Jesus often said, “Your faith has made you well.” Are there any questions you have for God about this area? If faith is “being sure of what we cannot see,” (Her 11:1) where do you need faith today? Who do you know that you can lean on and learn from?