Only Jesus can heal spiritual sickness; it is what the Father sent him to do. Because of sin, we all start out spiritually unhealthy and disconnected from the truth of God. Spiritual health is found in the redeemed spirit that accepts and honors the work of Christ for the forgiveness of sin, as well as turns away from further sin by connecting and communing with God. Did you know you are first and foremost a spirit being?
Your body is not alive without your spirit—it’s only a shell. You are a spirit, you have a unique soul—mind, will, emotions—and you live in a body. Every part of you has been created to serve your spirit while you serve and honor God. When our spirits are unhealthy, it most certainly effects our emotional and physical health, as well.
In our passage today, Jesus encounters the hopeless paralytic man and heals him; he tells the man, “Your sins are forgiven.” In other words Jesus is saying, “Based on the authority the Father has given me, I am healing your spiritual sickness.” But what else happened at the same time? This man experiences a miraculous emotional and physical healing; he is filled with joy and walks home! You see, only God can make us whole, again.
Matthew 9:2-8 NLT
2 Some people brought to him a paralyzed man on a mat. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “Be encouraged, my child! Your sins are forgiven.”
3 But some of the teachers of religious law said to themselves, “That’s blasphemy! Does he think he’s God?”
4 Jesus knew what they were thinking, so he asked them, “Why do you have such evil thoughts in your hearts? 5 Is it easier to say ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up and walk’? 6 So I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!”
7 And the man jumped up and went home! 8 Fear swept through the crowd as they saw this happen. And they praised God for giving humans such authority.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for the wholeness you alone bring our lives. We praise you for the spiritual health made available in Christ. Perhaps some of us today need your touch in other areas. Therefore, we ask for you to bring health to our weary emotions and strength and restoration to our infirm bodies. Make us ambassadors of your gospel for your glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.