“But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in his wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture.” — Malachi 4:2
God’s people have always believed that their God was a Healer, that he cared about the sick and the lame. Today’s passage was a promise to the Jewish people; that when the Messiah came, he too would be a healer. He would bring God’s healing and comfort to a hurting people. That is one of the reasons people flocked to Jesus wherever he was. His healings not only restored bodies; they gave people hope that the Messiah had finally come.
Whenever Jesus healed, it was a display of the power of God. It was also a promise; that Jesus had come to begin the restoration of all things. Every healing was God’s answer to our broken world. Every healing was a moment when God encountered sickness and death and said “no.” This was not what he intended for his world and in the end, he will make things right. And the healings of Jesus were God’s promise that the restoration had begun.
We too can trust that our God is a healer and we can have hope and confidence that he wants to heal us. Some of us will be healed in this life, others will be healed when we die and go to be with God. Perhaps some of us will be healed when Jesus himself returns. No matter what, we know that our God is a Healer and that in the end, he will accomplish his goal of bringing healing to all Creation.
Every healing Jesus did was a reminder of God's promise to restore all Creation.
- Is there an area of your life that needs healing? Have you trusted God with it?
- Are you praying for healing in the lives of those around you? Who can you pray for this week?