"Whole" - 1) containing all components; 2) not divided or disjoined; 3) sound and healthy; 4) constituting the full amount; 5) a complete entity.
Is there a part of my life where I do not feel "whole"?
"But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."
Matthew 9: 12, 13, New International Version
"And as many as touched Him were made perfectly whole."
Matthew 14: 36, K.J.V.
Everybody loved him. And why not! He was a handsome guy. The girls swooned. He was an athletic guy. The other guys were envious. Though the Bible doesn't mention his name, we'll call this "life of the party," Jacob. One day, racing camels in the Judean desert, Jacob's active life intersected with physical tragedy. He was paralyzed for life. Unable to walk. Unable to take care of himself. Unable to do anything useful. We aren't told what caused his paralysis. But we do know he longed to be whole again.
Fortunately, Jacob had one thing going for him. He had great friends. These weren't "fair weather" companions who left his side just because Jacob couldn't do the things he once did. No, these good friends not only stuck around, but they kept their ears open, always listening for some news that could bring hope and even healing to Jacob.
One day, they got wind of a story. A man with leprosy had been made "whole." He was well again. His diseased skin now looked like a newborn baby's. As word of mouth began to pass the incredible story from one person to another, Jacob's friends began to wonder if this was just another exaggerated tale, something carried from one gossiping tongue to another. They could have passed the story off as just a piece of fiction. But they didn't. They decided they would go see for themselves and would bring Jacob along. I might add, carrying Jacob on his bed required hefty shoulders, strong arms, and determined hearts. Jacob's friends had all three. And so, on a busy day in the ministry of Jesus, Jacob and his friends arrived at the home where Jesus was teaching - and this is where our story for the next few days begins.
We are going to explore from the Scriptures, and in particular the life and miracles of Jesus, what it means to become "whole." We are going to specifically focus our study on a particular miracle recorded by one of Jesus' disciples, Dr. Luke, the physician among the group who followed Jesus. The story we are going to examine is recorded in Luke 5: 17-26. I invite you to take some time, before tomorrow if possible, and read this story. Perhaps you have read it before - I urge you to read it again. For after studying this miraculous event, I have found that many of the lessons lie hidden and are completely missed if we skim over or briefly scrutinize the Biblical record.
Over the next few days, we will explore 5 elements of this miraculous story that I pray will help us better comprehend the "wholeness" Jesus offers us when we choose to "come" and walk with Him everyday.
Oh, there is one more thing I found when I was studying that I wish to share with you. In the Greek dictionary of the New Testament, the "wholeness" that was sought by so many hurting people who came to Jesus for healing is defined as a "wholeness" that preserves and saves us from ourselves.
Isn't that the healing you want in your life? I ask you to go back to the beginning of this devotional and consider your own answer to the question under the Exploration section. Jesus is already at work providing His wholeness to that painful spot in your life. All you have to do is touch Him.
And His promise is:
Help is on the way. "And as many as touched Him were made perfectly whole." Matthew 14: 36, K.J.V.
I hope to see you tomorrow and why not invite a friend to come along to Transformation Garden.
Dorothy Valcàrcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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