“But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall.” –Malachi 4:2, ESV
Healing. The process of restoring what’s been impaired, curing what’s been injured, fixing what’s been broken.
Truth is, in a fallen and fragile world, we all need it. The world is broke. We are broke. Physically, psychologically, emotionally, spiritually, culturally. Things aren’t right.
We’ve hurt others. We’ve been hurt. We need a balm for our wounds.
And we look a million different places to find one.
Sometimes it’s a significant other. Sometimes it’s worldly success. Sometimes it’s a bottle. We all have searched for some kind of remedy. Yet, things never seem to be made right. Scars and wounds still mar our hearts and souls.
But the sweet, sweet promise of this verse is that there will be a Healer who will make all things right.
And I’m here to tell you that the Physician has come. His name is Jesus, and he is the Righteous One.
“But he lifted up our illnesses, he carried our pain; even though we thought he was being punished, attacked by God, and afflicted for something he had done. He was wounded because of our rebellious deeds, crushed because of our sins; he endured punishment that made us well; because of his wounds we have been healed.” –Isaiah 53:4-5, NET
Our illnesses and our pains. Our rebellious deeds and our sins. He took them all on himself.
We were like little calves chained up in the stalls of bitterness and sin. We had no hope for relief. But we’ve been set free. We’ve been liberated from the grudges and guilt that chained us—all because he was shackled in our place. He took the punishment we deserved. He was wounded so that we could be mended.
“[Jesus] knows that whether we’re a paralyzed man lying on a mat or a struggling actor or a former struggling actor who’s become a celebrity, we don’t need someone who can just grant our wishes. We need someone who can go deeper than that. Someone who will use his claws, lovingly and carefully, to pierce our self-centeredness and remove the sin that enslaves us and distorts even our beautiful longings. In short, we need to be forgiven. That’s the only way for our discontent to be healed. It will take more than a miracle worker or a divine genie—it will take a Savior. Jesus knows that to be our Savior he is going to have to die.” –Tim Keller, King’s Cross
So he did. He died on a cross 2,000 years ago in our place and for the sins of the world. And now, we run free. We leap for joy, we who are restored. We who have this Savior.
We live in a broken world. We are broken. But…
Jesus is our healer.