Jesus Heals All Wounds


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I am writing tonight from the beautiful Tampa Bay area.

Saul honestly thought he was doing God service when he was persecuting the Christians. Jesus may have been thinking of Saul, when He said,

For you will be expelled from the synagogues, and the time is coming when those who kill you will think they are doing a holy service for God. John 16:2 NLT

Down through the ages, Christians, even Seventh-day Adventists, have caused needless pain to those purchased by Christ’s blood, thinking they were doing God service. Jesus promised the Holy Spirit to give us words to say, when needed, but sometimes no words are needed, but we still think we have to talk! Often that is when people are wounded. When I find myself the idiot in these situations, I draw strength from this short story.

When the other disciples saw what was about to happen, they exclaimed, “Lord, should we fight? We brought the swords!” And one of them struck at the high priest’s slave, slashing off his right ear. But Jesus said, “No more of this.” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him. Luke 22:49-51 NLT

Apparently Matthew, Mark and Luke were not snitches, but John tells us it was Peter who slashed the servant’s ear. Peter got carried away, thinking he was doing God service, but all he did was hurt someone Christ died for. Here is the good news. Jesus healed the servant’s ear. Jesus undid the damage Peter caused.

Throughout history, people, thinking they were doing God service, have hurt others with their words or even with guns and swords! For some, Jesus will undo the damage at the resurrection. In the meantime, when we cringe, like Saul and Peter did, thinking of the needless pain we’ve caused, we can draw comfort from the fact that Jesus can heal and undo the needless damage we have inflicted, just like when He healed the servant’s ear.

He will not shout or raise his voice in public. He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle. He will bring justice to all who have been wronged. He will not falter or lose heart until justice prevails throughout the earth. Isaiah 42:2-4 NLT

Thanks to Jesus healing those we have needlessly wounded, we don’t have to lose heart.

You may study this week’s Sabbath School lesson here. 

2 Comments

  1. I have many friends that are SDA. That being said, we would talk and I would ask, “What are you doing this weekend?” They would reply “Oh we will go to our house of worship and observe the Sabbath” I would ask about the activity on Sunday? They would reply, “Oh that is for family” I would invite them to worship with our group on Sunday. They would react with excuses and other plans. My neighbors and I would meet on Sundays at someones home and break bread, study God’s word and plan our week to ensure no one needs anything and check up on our less fortunate and homebound friends. Some of the more conservative SDA would point out that we were all in error and going to hell for our ignoring the Sabbath. I would ask them to explain the Holy Spirit and Apostles decision of Acts 15 and all the references in the NT about the “First Day of the week” “The Lord’s Day” of course we never agreed. My question is do you believe we are going to be found wanting at the judgment or are we in Christ as born-again followers of Jesus, obedient to the perfect law of liberty? Honest question, not argument or divisive.

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