Words from the Heart for Tuesday March 14th, 2017
Let me clearly state to all of you and to all the people of Israel that he was healed by the powerful name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, the man you crucified but whom God raised from the dead.
Acts 4:10 (NLT)
Healed in Jesus’ Name
When the disciples began to take the message of Jesus to the people there were often amazing healings. Many accepted Jesus because of this miracle. The disciples made it very clear that the healings happened through the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. These healings were convincing proof that God had raised Him from the dead.
Dr. William Grenfell was a medical doctor from England who came as a young man to serve the needs of the people living in the isolated homes and hamlets along the coast of Labrador and northern Newfoundland. When he arrived in 1892, his first challenge was to investigate the living conditions among the local fishermen and that first summer he treated 900 people. He was shocked by the conditions he found the people living in and so he returned to England to raise funds to establish regular health-care services in Labrador. The Grenfell Mission opened its first hospital at Battle Harbour in 1893. Prior to its opening, almost no health care resources existed in the area – there had been no hospital, no trained nurses and only occasional visits from doctors who traveled from Britain.
Have you ever wondered why the beautiful name of Jesus is used by the world as a swear word? The devil knows that there is power in that Name – power to save, transform, release, deliver, provide and heal. Jesus is an anglicized version of the Hebrew name Yeshua which means, “God is Saviour.” What a powerful thought. Ultimately men and women do not just need a better teacher, as much as we do not know. We don’t just need a better psychologist, as much as we need emotional balance in our lives, we don’t just need a better doctor, as sick as we get. Ultimately we need a Saviour, who can declare us set free from sin and can redeem us from the power of the Devil. When our sins are forgiven and our relationship with Jesus is made right, everything else we need will fall beautifully into place. Including healing – emotional, psychological and physical. Peter speaks to this in his sermon recorded in Acts 4:10: “Let me clearly state to all of you and to all the people of Israel that he was healed by the powerful name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, the man you crucified but whom God raised from the dead.” Jesus’ name is powerful. The God who saves completely transforms, spiritually, physically and emotionally through the Name of Jesus. If you need forgiveness, if you long for God’s touch on your life in any way, you will find in the One whose powerful name is Jesus.
These have been words from the heart.