“This is the kind of fast I want. I want you to remove the sinful chains, to tear away the ropes of the burdensome yoke, to set free the oppressed, and to break every burdensome yoke.” Isaiah 58:6 (NET)
Jesus came to heal, to set free, to redeem. The heart of the Almighty is to heal, to grow, to set free, to redeem. The Bible is emphatic that God is making all things new.
What’s cool to me is that our bodies were designed with the same objectives in mind. God made our bodies with His eternal attributes in mind. The bodies that God designed for us are, for example, designed to heal — they are able to heal themselves from wounds or injuries inflicted upon them. The body, for example, is constantly renewing itself — the skin renewing itself every 28 days, liver every 5 months, bones every 10 years, etc. God made our bodies in ways that reflect His amazing glory! Even though imperfect and aging, they still constantly reflect some of the glory of the One who made them.
And, by and large, the body does this automatically. Cells respond immediately to start forming blood clots, for example … to bring extra blood and nourishment to the injured area… to swell and protect the injury … to begin the healing process. No arguments, no negotiating, no denial. Just immediate action to heal and renew.
And thank God for that! Because if the other aspects of our lives are any example, most of us would be totally out of commission due to innumerable accounts of denial and refusal to accept that we have been hurt.
To be healed means you first need to admit you are hurting.
To be renewed means you first need to accept that you need renewing.
To be set free means you first have to acknowledge that you are truly in captivity.
To be redeemed means you first believe that you need a Redeemer.
May we see more fully the inherent beauty of being healed and renewed such that we eagerly embrace our brokenness. He IS making all things new. Will you join Him in His work?