For the next four weeks we are going to be taking a short break from The Story. We’ll be back “in the story” on January 8th with chapter 13. But, since I’m in the rhythm of sending you all a little food for thought prior to Sunday, I figured I would keep that up during this break as well. So, for the next two Sundays we will have the theme “Wait for it…” Each Sunday I’ll put a sub-theme to define the “it.” For 12/11, the theme is “Wait for it…healing.” Healing.
This comes from Isaiah 35:1-10 and Matthew 11:2-15. Please read these in advance of Sunday.
The Isaiah passage foretells what the promised Messiah will do; He will bring healing.
In Matthew, John the Baptist sends some of his followers to ask Jesus if he is the promised Messiah or if they should keep looking for another. Jesus responds to their question by quoting Isaiah. “Go tell John what you see me do.”
Healing. What a prevalent and practical topic for all of us, all of the time. There is nothing that plagues us and worries us more than sickness. We have access to many great options for healing in this world. Many of you reading this are nurses, doctors, massage therapists, chiropractors, dentists, etc. And if you aren’t one of those, you’re probably going to visit at least one of these this week. Those of you that work in “healing professions,” your work is to bring healing to people. And as good as you all are at your jobs and as thankful as I am that God has provided such access to amazing medical technologies, it’s still not enough.
True healing is found finally and fully in Jesus Christ. And when he comes again we will experience the fullest healing possible – resurrection from the dead.
Watch this week’s sermon: