December 4, 2012

A Deeper Healing

We are going to learn how to move beyond living a shallow life to living a deeper life, to a whole new depth in your relationships. In fact, we are going to look at a passage of scripture today where we see how Jesus always looked beyond the band-aid, the coverup of our messes. It’s in Luke, chapter 7. Here we find the story that Jesus is invited over to the home of Simon, the Pharisee. Simon was a prominent, but prideful, religious leader who was known for throwing important dinner parties. This was going to be the event of the year, the hottest ticket in town. Everyone was curious to get an up-close look at this Jesus who was gaining notoriety with His teachings and His supposed miracles that He was constantly performing. When all the wealthy community leaders and the socialites were seated for dinner, the party was crashed. Everyone sat in stunned silence as the town prostitute walked through the door, and she walked right up to Jesus and bowed at His feet. There were tears streaming down her cheeks. She opened up a bottle of expensive perfume and poured it on Jesus’ feet, and then she wiped His feet with her hair. Everyone looked at the woman and Jesus with critical eyes, but no one dared speak until Jesus spoke to the woman. Here’s what He said in Luke 7:48. It’s our key verse today. “And He said to her, ‘Your sins are forgiven.’ Then the other guests began to say to themselves, ‘Who can this man be who even forgives sins?’ But He said to the woman, ‘Your faith has cured you: go, and be at peace.’ ” Jesus didn’t give her a band-aid solution; this woman experienced a deep healing. She was healed spiritually, she was healed emotionally, and she was healed relationally.

It was a deep healing, not a band-aid solution that we often hear in relationships, these things that the guru’s talk about today, or self-help books talk about these solutions to relationships, and they are just band-aid solutions. They don’t go to a deeper level, but that’s what we need, a deeper healing. This was a deep cure. Jesus says here in this verse. ‘Go and be at peace.’ That’s what we really need in our relationships, peace. We need a deep cure, and we need peace. Peace when there’s conflict. This woman experienced peace from her pasts. She experienced peace from her anxiety and fears. She experienced peace for her broken heart. She received a deep cure. She received God’s peace.

God, thank you for loving me. Thank you for seeing me and not my sins. I just pray today that You would help me not settle for a shallow band-aid solution in my relationships, but I pray that You would bring a deep healing today. That You would show me how to move beyond the shallow life and really experience the deeper life, the life which You’ve always planned for me, the life for which I was created.  Help me to remember this when I am feeling down and buried in my sins. Amen.