Wednesday, February 24, 2010

On Being Healed

Now as Peter went here and there among them all, he came down also to the saints who lived at Lydda.  There he found a man named Aeneas, bedridden for eight years, who was paralyzed.  And Peter said to him, 'Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; rise and make your bed.'  And immediately he rose.  And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord.  (Acts 9:32-35 ESV; emphasis mine)
That's amazing!  The healing of one man led to the repentance of an entire city and then spread to the entire coastal plain of Sharon!


But, what if...

What if Aeneas had refused to get up?  Here was this strange man who had walked into Aeneas' room and tells him that some man who had been crucified and was supposedly dead had healed him.  That would be tough to believe.

But Aeneas immediately gets up.  He had been paralyzed for eight years, but when Peter said Jesus Christ had healed him, Aeneas believed him.  There was no doubting then.

The ESV Study Bible footnote for verse 35 says, "...miracles such as this healing led to the advancement of the gospel."

But if Aeneas had refused to get up,
  • he would have continued to remain a prisoner of his bed by his own choice.
  • the people of his city would not have seen that he was healed.
  • his testimony of healing would have been non-existent.
  • the people of Lydda and Sharon would probably not have turned to the Lord.
  • the advancement of the gospel to the entire world may have been hindered.
I'm glad Aeneas got up!  Aren't you?

So, in what areas of our own lives do we need to be healed?
  • anger?
  • bitterness?
  • unbelief?
  • prejudices?
  • impatience?
  • selfishness?
They can all paralyze us and keep us from accomplishing the calling God has put on our lives.

But once we are healed, let's get up immediately and show those around us that we have been healed by the power of Jesus.


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4 comments:

  1. This was my Bible Study today! Not the story, but God as healer. I am doing the Names of God and today was Yahweh Rophey, LORD Healer. She talked about the story of the Israelites getting bit by snakes because of their rebellion, and Moses making the bronze snake for them to look upon it for healing. She talked about how this is symbolic of Jesus on the cross. God didn't remove the snakes, nor did He prevent them from being bit, but he provided healing for them, if they would just look to Him. And today, we are healed if we would just look to the one on the cross, Jesus.
    I loved it, it was so soothing to my soul. To see that God doesn't just heal physical ailments, but our souls as well, through Jesus. And everyday I need healing in one way or another. =)

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  2. WOW! Thanks for the encouragement to further the gospel just by getting healed on the inside of our hearts!!

    Kari, (friend of the Sanders, and my husband has a class with your husband last fall, maybe met you once before with the Sanders while at Ft. W)

    Your site is encouraging and your girls are too cute!

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  3. can I post this on my facebook?

    Kari

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  4. Kari,
    Sure...share away. :)

    Amy,
    Who is the author of that study?

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