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Healing

by: Dana Huffman

Naaman was a highly regarded citizen. He was a valiant soldier and great in the eyes of the king. But Naaman had a shameful disease. Leprosy. When a servant girl told him of a prophet who could heal, Naaman traveled to a foreign country to find him. When Naaman arrived at the prophet's house, a messenger was sent out to give him instructions. He was to wash in the Jordan River seven times and he would be healed. Naaman was insulted. First, he didn't like a messenger boy telling him what to do. Why didn't the prophet speak to him directly? Second, he had hoped to be healed in a decent way. Wash in a dirty river?! Naaman stormed off in a rage. But one of his servants stopped him saying something like this, "Master, if you had been told to do a great thing in order to be healed you would have done it. Why won't you obey this small command?" Naaman cooled down, and headed for that river. As he took off his rich garments, he laid down his pride. And when He came up from the Jordan the seventh time, his skin was like that of a young boy.

We have a shameful disease. Sin. God sent a humble messenger, Jesus, to offer an unlikely and despised cure. The cross. When we lay aside our pride and kneel there, we are washed by blood that cleanses. We are healed completely of our disease and walk away with a new spirit.

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18 NIV




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