His Name IS Advent Devotion: Day 8
This Christmas season you can celebrate and know Jesus as your heart healer.
Look at the prophecy in Isaiah 62:1-2:
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
to proclaim the year of the Lord ‘s favor,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;
to grant to those who mourn in Zion —
to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.
They shall build up the ancient ruins;
they shall raise up the former devastations;
they shall repair the ruined cities,
the devastations of many generations.
We find the fulfillment of this prophecy in Luke 4:18-20:
And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord ‘s favor.”
And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. And he began to say to them, “ Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing. —Luke 4:18-20
He IS Jehovah Rapha—The Lord Who Heals.
The word for healer in the Old Testament means to mend, to heal, to make healthy. It describes the restoring of a person’s soul, life. Jesus has done this for us. We who were dead in our sin, separated from God, without hope or a future have been restored and healed in Jesus! We are never too far gone in our sin to be healed and restored in Christ Jesus.
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. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. —1 Peter 2:24
Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, sinners, and purify your hearts, double- minded people! Be miserable and mourn and weep. Your laughter must change to mourning and your joy to sorrow. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you. —James 4:8-10
Regardless of what you find yourself facing this Christmas, you can rest in the knowledge that Jesus is near and He is the heart-healer.
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. —Psalm 34:18
Psalm 103 describes so beautifully the Lord as our heart healer:
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. —Psalm 103:1-5
Draw near to Him. He will revive us and raise us up that we may live before Him!
“Come, let us return to the Lord;
for he has torn us, that he may heal us;
he has struck us down, and he will bind us up.
After two days he will revive us;
on the third day he will raise us up,
that we may live before him.
Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord;
his going out is sure as the dawn;
he will come to us as the showers,
as the spring rains that water the earth. —Hosea 6:1-3
Let’s make the words of Hosea 6:3 our prayer before the Lord this Christmas season and beyond:
Let us know, let us press on to know the Lord!
Worship Him today!
Remember, all the rushing and impatience of NOW! causes us to miss the joy of the moment. Let’s commit to being intentional this Christmas season, to not allow the hurried and harried NOW! attitude rob us of the joy and peace Jesus has for us in the moment. Slow down and soak in the presence of Jesus —Immanuel, God with us. His presence renews, refreshes and enables us to rejoice in the ALL the moments of this often harried and hurried season. Share with us what you’ve learned by leaving a comment at the end of this post.
This post was first published on Get Real on December 9, 2014.