Intimacy with Jesus: Being Made Whole
“For I AM the God-who-heals-you (Jehovah-Rapha)”
Everybody is in a pursuit of wholeness. Sometimes, when you look at all the great things somebody has done- it is a direct comment on how great their thirst for wholeness is because those great deeds were done in pursuit of a sense of feeling okay- whole. People feel better when they do x, y, and z outside of the will of God for their lives- and then they don’t feel better at all when the effects wear-off.
For thousands of years- ever since Adam and Eve were created- God has been actively interested in our wholeness and sense of being whole- not against it. So, why don’t people feel whole? The Bible is clear on this point- we are all broken somewhere in our soul. Even if we grow-up and out of brokenness- there is yet one more place we need His Healing Touch. Our need and short-comings will always be present-continuous because- daily- we all fall short of God’s nature, being, and character- who He is and wants us to be like unto. By making us more like Him is to heal, set-free, and make us whole in areas of our life where we are not whole.
The word Judicial is simply a law term that describes some dispensation of Justice. When it comes to our personal sin and pursuit of sin in the name of wholeness (here, sin is any pursuit of wholeness apart from Jesus Christ being at the center of that pursuit)- the Bible is clear judicially: “The wages of sin is death” (our sin-nature deserves spiritual-death in the future and physical-death if we find not pardon and forgiveness through Jesus’ shed blood- our Judicial Reason for God to legally embrace us)- we need God’s pardon and forgiveness to be reconciled to Him and made whole.
Wholeness and healing are brought to light in one text written for us hundreds of years before Jesus- Messiah/King- came: “But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.” (Isaiah 53:5). He is our Judicial Sacrifice for our sins- those areas in life where we pursued wholeness hard as though it could be found without God’s smiling face of approval. Healing and Wholeness and Wholeness and Healing are found in Jesus.
The one of the many names of God He reveals himself as is “Jehovah-Rapha” which literally means, “I AM the God-who-heals-you.” Will He pursue bringing you to a place of wholeness if you pursue the Lord Jesus for that wholeness? Yes a zillion times over- yes. So reader- what are you looking and waiting for? “He was beaten so that we could be made whole.” God has a judicial ground by your faith and trust in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour to now heal you, set you free, and to make you whole. Intimacy with Jesus makes us whole! Continue pursuing Him for this Intimacy- it is oh so worth it.