On Feb. 9, Pastor Laura preaches on James 5:14-15.
14 Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven.
Scan the Gospel Story, if you will … it won’t take long to notice that Jesus spends a fair amount of time healing people. The blind – the sick – the paralyzed – the demon-possessed – even the dead – have their well-being restored through Jesus’ words or touch. The circumstances vary. At times, the person’s faith seems to be a factor. Almost always, bystanders or disciples or relatives – or entire towns – witness the miraculous events. Jesus even empowers the disciples to heal in His name. And confusion reigns!
We long for healing, for a sense of wholeness. The wounds of our living often cut deep. And all of this healing talk confuses us. How is it that some get well and others do not? How is it that the most faithful people often suffer great tragedy? What does healing look like, anyway? If I’m not healed, does that mean I’m not faithful enough?
As a part of our “Searching for Sunday” sermon series, the focus this Sunday centers on our need for healing. In all three services, we will pause for meditative, quiet, and non-intrusive worship.Prayers for healing will be lifted to God. For those who desire, anointing with oil will be offered. The scents of frankincense and myrrh mingle in the fragrant oil, pointing beyond itself to the presence of the healing Christ, who is God’s Anointed One.
Jesus says in Matthew 11.28: “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Come to breathe deeply and encounter God’s Healing Spirit. Come to receive the balm of Gilead, meant for sin-sick souls. Come, rest in the presence of the risen Christ. Come and see!