Christ Our Healer

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Spring is technically here, and Easter is on our minds. It is a time where we reflect on Christ, what He has done for us through His death and resurrection. We often think about the atonement at this time, which is what Christ did for us with His sacrifice, death, and resurrection so that we could be made right before God. This leads us to focus on Christ as our Savior, but what about Christ as our Healer? 

Scripture makes it evident to us that Divine Healing is from Jesus and His "substitutionary atonement", (His sacrifice for us to make us right with God). We see this in Isaiah 53:5, which was foretold about Christ at least 400 years before He was born, "But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds, we are healed." The Apostle Peter also talks about the atonement being linked to healing us when he says, "He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed”. 1 

This Easter as you celebrate Christ's death and resurrection remember that when He shed His blood on the cross for our sins and rose from the dead that He not only saved us eternally from our sins, but through the atonement, He has healed us from our spiritual and physical sicknesses if we seek Him as our healer. 

So this month as you reflect on Christ remember that "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever."1 Which means that He can heal you of any sin that you need to overcome, or addiction, and He can heal you in your physical sicknesses if He would chose to do so, just like He did in the Gospels. He loves you, and you can come to Him with confidence in His healing power if you seek healing through what Christ did through the atonement. 

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1 1Peter 2:24 ESV 

1 Hebrews 13:8 ESV 

Two Things to Consider this Spring

It's that time of year when the trees start to bud, the sun starts to shine, and we regain a bit of our sanity that was stolen with the cold.  I am so thankful that God is faithful every Spring in making the temperatures rise again.  This is a time when we consider new beginnings, spring cleaning, and a breath of fresh air.  As I was considering the idea of new beginnings I couldn't help but think of our graduating seniors. 

On May 17th we will be celebrating the life and accomplishments of our seniors who will be graduating and starting something new.  The feelings of excitement and uncertainty are flowing through them like the Susquehanna River on a day like today.  These banquets are a time when we can celebrate the journey that God has brought them through and the journey He will continue to guide them on after high school. 

 There are two things very important things we can learn from events like this.  The first is this:  Don't forget to remember.  All throughout the Bible God continues to remind His people what He has done for them.  He reminds them that He was the God of their fathers and the one who brought them out of Egypt.  He does this to encourage them to live right.  We want to take time to remember what God has done in our own lives and the lives of our students. 

 Secondly we want to look ahead and pursue the plan that God has set before us.  Often times we need to be reminded why we are doing what we're doing and that there is hope for the present that can be found in the future.  As Christians we celebrate a risen king who will soon return.  Jesus is called our blessed hope.  We want to look ahead to what God has for these seniors as well so they will have hope of a life with God. 

Take time to celebrate at the graduation banquet on May 17th at 6pm in the MMB.  Be sure to sign up at the information desk to get a seat.