Healing for the hurting

One of [Jesus’ followers] struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear. But Jesus answered, “No more of this!” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him. ~ Luke 22:50-51

Many people in power had made up their minds about Jesus. They had decided that he was only a man–not true God. They judged his big, bold claims about himself as lies, labeled him a fraud, and concluded Jesus was a bad man.

What in your life has whispered in your ear that God is not as good or powerful or wise as he claims? A broken, hungry, violent world? A crushed heart? Shattered dreams? Often, what we see and feel seems to be shouting in the world and whispering to our hearts that Jesus is not good, or perhaps not God.

When Jesus’ enemies came to arrest him, one of Jesus’ close friends swung a sword and cut off a man’s ear. Jesus reached out and did what none of them could do. With a loving, gentle touch, he healed the ear of the man who came to arrest him. They came to kill. Jesus healed.

Jesus helped someone who was there to arrest him. He miraculously healed the man’s ear, but Jesus is much more than just a man who did amazing things. Jesus is true God! Jesus showed that he was exactly who he claimed to be–the perfect Son of God. Jesus can be trusted.

God allows bad stuff into our lives. The car breaks down, our job disappears, health is lost, or a relationship crumbles. Since he is good and he is God, what kinds of hurts can Jesus heal for us? He can heal any of our hurts, but this side of heaven he has not promised to heal all of our hurts. Sometimes he heals the problem. Sometimes he heals our heart. Sometimes he holds our hand and heart until he brings us home to heaven.

Jesus does promise a certain type of healing now. Through the forgiveness of our sins, he heals our relationship with God and gives peace to our hearts.

One day, those who trust in Jesus will be given a home free from pain, sorrow and suffering. Jesus will give you complete and perfect healing of body, mind, heart and soul forever in heaven!

Dear Jesus, give me faith to trust you. You are good. You are my God.


Published by Living Hope Church

Living Hope is a WELS Lutheran Church located in Omaha, NE.