called to healing

by Pastor Mark Jordan

“[Jesus] himself bore our sins’ in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; ‘by his wounds you have been healed.” For ‘you were like sheep going astray,’ but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.” (1 Peter 2:24-25, NIV)

You are called. You really are. Called to follow Jesus into God’s glorious light to transform the way you live. You are called to surrender to God, and let Jesus take your place as you live for Him. You are called to garner a new perspective so others may see God, even when they’re oppositional to you. You are called to live freely, not taking advantage of God’s grace, but finding freedom to go and do what He calls you to do. Living for God in such a way will introduce you to the saving and healing love of God every step of the way.

You are called to healing. You really are. All the talk about living counter-cultural lives and setting yourself up for conflict in the world might seem count-intuitive, but it really isn’t. Jesus took the shame of your sin and bore it on the cross, so you can find healing in His wounds.

I don’t know about you, but I feel really convicted when I gaze upon depictions of Jesus on the cross. He willingly went there to pay the price for your sin so you can experience God’s healing. He wants to heal you and then guard you like a shepherd guards his flock.

Peter’s point here is to return to the care of the Good Shepherd who wants to lead you, care for you, heal you, and protect you. Your healing is made possible by the wounds of Jesus. He took your place on the cross all those years so He can live through you today. His call to heal you and make you whole.

Can you hear Jesus’ call? Will you follow and find your healing?

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for calling me into your healing. I hear you and want to follow you, finding the healing I long for. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.