Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Jones: Christ and healing

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
    Feast of Anskar, Archbishop of Hamburg, Missionary to Denmark and Sweden, 865
    When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick... So they set out and went from village to village, preaching the gospel and healing people everywhere.
    —Luke 9:1-2,6 (NIV)
    When the main stream of Christian faith accepted a dualism in life and began to confine itself largely to the “spiritual,” then physical health was relegated to the cults. This was to the credit of the cults and to the discredit of the orthodox. For healing has been in the Christian movement from the beginning; it was in the person of its Founder. Jesus cured disease as an integral part of the coming of the Kingdom; it was the Kingdom active within the body.
    ... E. Stanley Jones (1884-1973), The Christ of the American Road, Abingdon-Cokesbury Press, 1944, p. 163 (see the book)
    See also Luke 9:1-6; Jer. 33:6; Mal. 4:2; Matt. 4:23; 9:20-22; 14:14; Luke 6:17-19; John 7:23; 1 Cor. 12:28; Rev. 22:1-2
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You are the cure for all that ails me.
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