Christ, the Healer

Michael Beck

“The LORD doth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel. He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.” (Psalm 147:2,3)

In Christ, God receives as just as we are, with all our baggage. We come to Christ not because we have our act together, and want to present to Him the splendid job we’ve done in running our own life; we come to Him because we are a mess.

If we knew how to fix ourselves we wouldn’t need a Savior. As Jesus said: “They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.” (Matt. 9:12) Our repentance is not only a turning from sin, but a turning from our own efforts to be whole people. When we get real we admit our past has done a number on us. We may come to Christ for healing of the body, but He knows there are deeper wounds that need tending to. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

When does this work end? When we are healed. It does us no good to believe we’re all better when we’re not. It is not our place to diagnose ourselves. Even after the children of Israel returned to the land from their captivity, God had continuing issues with them. But they were under the impression that all was well. He promised that a day was coming when His people would find real healing: “But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.” (Malachi 4:2)

Would we grow up in Christ? Then we must let Him arise over us and in us to heal the hidden places that have not seen His light. There is virtue going forth from Him to heal longstanding wounds that have resisted healing. A refusal to acknowledge our problem won’t work. Running to man won’t make us better, only worse. One touch of the hem of His garment will make us whole.

Look to Jesus for wholeness where you have been wounded and broken. He will not only forgive your actions, He will heal your person.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.