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Where Healing Begins

First Things First

Emergency Medical Technicians spend many hours on the side of the road trying to help accident victims survive.

Let’s say that an EMT, named John, comes on the scene and there is a young man who onlookers have pulled from a car, and he is laying on the ground, yelling in pain that his arm is broken.

As John approaches the young man, he sees a huge amount of blood on the ground under him. When he gets closer he can see a big gash in this guy’s abdomen. Then as John begins working to stop the bleeding the young man tries to get him to do something about his broken arm. John knows that if he does not get this bleeding stopped the arm will be a non-issue. So he continues to work on the bleeding and tells the guy that has to come first.

Christ is Where Healing Begins

How often do people look to God to heal a wound that was inflicted by someone else, when God sees that they need to begin with the Savior. Wounds that hurt constantly and are calling for attention, may seem like the most important things but the starting place is with Christ. Once we have come to faith in Him and are saved from our sin, then He can begin the work of healing wounds from the past.

Being in a right relationship with God is the single most important thing in this human existence. So we start there today and tomorrow we will talk more about healing those wounds.

Isaiah 61:2-3 NIV (from Verses 1-3)

1The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on Me, because the LORD has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor.

“He has sent Me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,

2to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of the vengeance of our God,

“to comfort all who mourn, 3and provide for those who grieve in Zion –to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.

“They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of His splendor.”

He Will Comfort Us

Looking at our passage:

2…to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor…”

This refers to Jesus Christ coming to die on the cross for our sins so that people who are separated from God by sin can be saved and reconciled back to Him.

“…and the day of the vengeance of our God…”

And this refers to when Jesus Christ returns to earth as the judge.

“…to comfort all who mourn, 3and provide for those who grieve in Zion…”

This mourning is over sin – those who mourn over their sin and the sin of those around them. Mourning over sin is necessary for repentance. If we do not mourn over our sin we will not truly repent(turn away from it). It grieves God and it should grieve us.

He will comfort us about our own sin as He forgives and washes us clean – giving us that fresh start. First He will bring us to Himself through salvation then He will begin healing the wounds others have inflicted on us.

This is How He Will Comfort

Ashes to Beauty

“…to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes…”

When people were in mourning back then, they put ashes on their heads to signify their grief. As God comforts the mourner the ashes are replaced with a beautiful headdress showing freedom from that grief.

Mourning to Gladness

“…the oil of gladness instead of mourning…”

Now, we try to keep oil off our faces and out of our hair, but then they would put oil on their faces and in their hair to make it shine. Oil would make them look better where they had been gray from mourning in ashes. God replaces the look of mourning with oil of gladness.

Despair to Praise

“…and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.”

How does it feel to be in despair? Hopeless, giving up on life, maybe even giving up on God. But God wants to intervene and give the one who is in despair a garment of a celebration of His greatness.

“Such beautiful garments were worn on thanks-giving-days…open joys for secret mournings.” Matthew Henry

A Display of His Splendor

“They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of His splendor.”

This is for us!! “They” is speaking of the people that God is comforting. That is all believers in Christ!

Oaks of Righteousness – As Christians, we have the righteousness of Christ covering us positionally. But we are to walk righteously as well. He knows we will not do it perfectly but God calls us to be holy as He is holy. (Leviticus 11:44, 1 Peter 1:16) He calls us to give up our old ways and replace them with His holy ways as He helps us and works on our hearts.

A Planting of the LORD – He has redeemed us and put us in the fertile place of His love. He wants to grow us up, strong and beautiful in His glory.

For the Display of His Splendor – As others see us, we will be pointing them toward God – displaying His beauty, His healing, His power, His love – every time He works on a different thing in our lives, He makes us more like Himself and others can see Him more clearly in our lives.

Into the Day

Dear friends, my prayer today is that we will take a minute and bask in knowing Him. Look back at our passage and rejoice in what He has done for you! I am rejoicing! What a wonderful God we serve! May we live as beautiful displays of His splendor in all we do! Have a beautiful day!

Go Deeper Today:

John 11:1-16

 

 

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