Healing is not a reward.
It is because of His stripes we are healed.
The work on the cross is complete. Jesus isn’t going to become more powerful or more able or more willing to heal and restore than He is right now.
Maybe you are waiting for tomorrow to reach out, when you are ‘prepared’ and feel stronger.
But it’s not about you. It’s about Him and what He has done. How about today?
By Heather Djunga
“As has just been said: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.” (Hebrews 3:15)
Two men were crucified with Jesus. Both were sentenced criminals. One recognising who Jesus was, realised that even though he had completely messed up, the Lord was close enough to hear his request for mercy. As he expressed his faith to Jesus, and acknowledged Him as the Son of God, Jesus told him: ‘TODAY, you will be with me in paradise.”
A man lay writhing in pain and heavily drugged in the ICU of a local hospital.A convicted criminal, he was handcuffed to the bed and supervised closely by a correctional services officer. He had tried to poison himself in prison, realising his behaviour had resulted in consequences which he didn’t feel strong enough to face – time in prison. But Jesus reached out to him through an evangelist team who had come to give the good news of Christ and this man, realising the hope of the cross, gave his situation and life over to Jesus.
After asking the Lord Jesus to forgive him and come into his life, his eyes shone with hope and he expressed how different he felt, like someone new. He had embraced ‘today’, realising the importance of the moment.
I was privileged to be a part of this salvation team and witnessed this miraculous salvation.
I don’t know how this man’s story will pan out. Jesus knows what was started there in ICU. He also knows the plans he has for this man and in Heaven, it says the angels are rejoicing because a man dared to reach through his shame and pain to the Author of Life.
Don’t schedule Him into next week’s diary pages. Don’t put off responding to the promptings of His Holy Spirit. Don’t delay coming into His throne room in your hour of need because ‘tomorrow’ you think you will be more presentable, less sinful, better equipped, better prepared to put your request before Him.
He welcomes you as you are.
Grace was made available for you at the cross, when Jesus gave His all. The dividing veil between the Holy of Holies, that place where God Himself sits on the throne, and you, was torn with Jesus’ sacrifice so that you can go in with all confidence in His name, and in His name and by His righteousness, with boldness, approach Him.
What’s the catch?
You mean life in abundance is free?
That sounds like one of those SMSes you receive late at night telling you the good news that you have won the jackpot for something you didn’t know you had entered.
Actually it is too good to be true. Someone had to suffer for it to be free for you.
Someone else did the legal documents for you, did the paperwork, signed the deal. Jesus paid for you with something more valuable than money. His blood.
So decide today is your day.
You can ask Him, seek Him today.
You can see your life changed today.
If you are a believer, you can approach Him as you are today.
You can believe for things to change now.
You can respond to the promptings of His Spirit today.
You can step out in faith today.
Approach His throne of grace with confidence.
He pulled out all the stops yesterday… the gospel is loaded with records of His glory and miracles.… According to the book of Revelation, He has in mind to do take centre stage with great signs and wonders tomorrow.
But this same Word we study says He is the same Jesus today. This very day.
I know in my own walk with Him, He has spoken that I must be expectant today. This day. Not only believing He is coming to restore and comfort and deliver and heal and provide tomorrow, but that He has already come.
Just reach out.
Will you choose to believe that He is the same as He was then TODAY? As the man in ICU did, see the miracle moments of today by faith and reach out.
From Luke 23: “Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. 33 When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”[c] And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
35 The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.”
36 The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar 37 and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.”
38 There was a written notice above him, which read: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”
40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”
42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.[d]”
43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
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©Copyright Heather Djunga 2018.