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Topic: SICK (05/09/19)
- TITLE: Wholeness
By Marlene Custer
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Phoebe set her cup of goatâ€™s milk down and leaned in closer.
Hannah took a deep breath then began, â€œWhen Judithâ€™s husband, Peter, first began following Jesus I was a little skeptical. Jesus didnâ€™t seem to be following the pattern of what I had expected in the Messiah. But as crowds began coming to our home to hear him, and to be healed, I took every opportunity to learn more about him. One day I will never forget. It was sabbath and I woke up with a high fever. I was so sick I didnâ€™t think I would live. I knew Jesus was coming for lunch after synagogue, but I didnâ€™t have the strength to sit up, let alone get up and try to serve a meal.â€
â€œOh, my!â€ An expression of concern furrowed Phoebeâ€™s brow.
â€œJudith was so worried she stayed home with me. I kept drifting in and out of sleep, but I heard her go out the door about the time Peter and Jesus should be coming to the house. The next thing I remember is feeling the radiance of His presence fill the room. Jesus took hold of my hand and with great authority He rebuked the fever. My eyes fluttered open and I canâ€™t describe the tenderness and compassion I saw in His eyes. Immediately I felt strength and energy flow through my body.â€
â€œThat gives me chills,â€ Phoebe exclaimed.
â€œMe, too,â€ countered Hannah. She continued, â€œI immediately got up, bathed, and began serving the crowd that was beginning to gather. I had not felt so energized in all my life! The house was packed that night with people needing healing or demons cast out. Jesus healed them all!â€
Hannah reached across the table and grasped her friendâ€™s hand. â€œLet me share something else. Jesus not only heals and casts out evil spirits. He also forgives sins.â€
â€œReally?â€ Phoebeâ€™s eyes widened.
â€œI have heard Him myself. When questioned by the Pharisees and teachers of the law, Jesus answered them, â€˜Which is easier to say, Your sins are forgiven, or to say, Get up and walk? I want you to know the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins...â€™â€ Luke 5:23, 24 NIV
Hannah continued, â€œI think Jesus fulfills what David wrote in Psalm 103:3, he â€˜forgives all your sins and heals all your diseasesâ€™. Physical healing is something to be desired, but to be truly whole we need something more. We need forgiveness of sinâ€” the ultimate healing. And Jesus does it all!â€
Looking into Hannahâ€™s eyes, Phoebe declared, â€œYou are convincing me that Jesus is truly the Messiah we have been looking for.â€
*NIV The account of the healing of Peterâ€™s mother-in-law is found in Matthew 8:14-17, Mark 1:29-34, and Luke 4:38-41. Added details are from the authorâ€™s imagination
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