“And he sent them out to preach the Kingdom of God and to heal.” – Luke 9:2
You are hurting in spirit, having had eternity placed in your heart, yet running up against walls in the process of living life.
You are hurting on some level in body and soul [mind/emotions].
One day someone shows up in your village claiming to heal the immediate brokenness of the body and soul, but you’re not sure about anything else at this point.
A public sign is given before your eyes that only can come from God – one whose body was obviously sick is made whole!
The inadequate version of God…gone.
The inability to harness one’s behavior and emotions…gone.
The healed know more deeply that this Living God is also compassionate into the deepest levels of man and becomes a witness that God can not only heal outwardly, but inwardly as well.
Now the kind and confident visitors begin talking about the ultimate reality, eternity.
So the messengers speak of one who is walking the earth at the moment claiming to come from the True, One Living God who will usher in a new permanent Kingdom where all its residents can thrive eternally.
Standing there you cannot fathom what that might look like, but having witnessed a healed body and heard from the demon-possessed that the unseen soul can be healed, is it not possible that this Living God can too restore the fortunes of those who cannot make for themselves comfortable homes to last forever?
So you obey and are fully immersed in water as an outward sign of your deep faith in the living God that was just preached to prepare for this new Kingdom’s arrival. Your sins are washed away and a new way of living replaces the old.
The hurting in body, soul and spirit have a soft place to land, and his name is Jesus, and he wants all men to know about him!
The Christian is Heaven’s footprint on earth.
“So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the dark, utter in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim upon the housetops.” – Matthew 10:26-28
What great news! The secrets to God’s kingdom which once were hidden to those prior to Jesus is now available for all men to hear. One can now receive healing in body and soul where God wills on earth, and one’s spirit can be healed for eternity without any doubt.
He just asks us to obey through fully believing and feeding daily on his every word.