In the book of Acts, chapter 5 verse 12 the Bible talks about the apostles healing many.
I want to look at few things in this scripture. “All believers would meet together on Solomon’s Colonnade (or Porch) no one else would join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people. This just sounds eerily familiar in today’s society. Here is what I mean. We (Christians) meet in Church even though the door is always open the fear of joining or attending is still there. We don’t bite. It’s the fear of I am not perfect, what will everyone think of me. Oh and the excuse “this is not my kind of service, or the music is not what I prefer.” Do we really think that is an issue in Heaven? Its worshiping God for who he is. Bow down and worship him. The song by Hillsong “Touch the sky” says “I touch the sky when my knees hit the ground.” We find it difficult to admit we do not have it all together. And we sure don’t want to go into church in front of people and declare we are a mess. But the truth is you do not have to be in Church to fall on your knees to surrender to Christ. This can be your path; certainly the Church is here for you. To be honest, I am tired of people thinking ‘Oh so you’re a Christian” some how that can mean we are weak. Far from it, just because we are surrendering ourselves to the guidance of Jesus does not make us weak. It makes us strong.
We can be a witness to anyone we come in contact with, knowing that we are not perfect nor will we every be, but thought the blood of Jesus he has paid for our sins and we are forgiven. The next part of the scripture is the last line “all of them were healed."
During the past year I have lost a very dear friend of the family to cancer, and 4 more family and friends are fighting it now or have completed their treatment. Growing up you never dwell or think about disease or addiction with people you know. It was always “someone else”. And as you grow older the more you realize it’s all of your friends and family.
I believe “all of them were healed” in that time was a statement for the ages. All who ask for God’s love and forgiveness will receive God’s grace. All of our prayers are not answered for healing. I sat at the bed side held my friends hand and prayed for healing of her body. She was not healed. She was still the same person I knew for years, full of wit and sassiness she had always been just in a much weaker state. I do know she had great love for God and she is walking on streets of gold. We miss her but she was healed.
My prayer is anyone who comes in the doors of the Church “Will be healed” and know that God’s love is available and they will never feel like they are intruding.