Impossible Healings (Part 14)
Disease Within The Church
Now there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, saying, 'Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know Who You are--the Holy One of God!'
But Jesus rebuked him, saying, 'Be quiet, and come out of him!' And when the unclean spirit had convulsed him and cried out with a loud voice, he came out of him. Then they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, 'What is this? What new doctrine is this? For with authority He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him.' And immediately His fame spread throughout all the region around Galilee.
Mark 1:23-28 (NKJV)
The Gospel of Mark wastes no time. Straightaway, Jesus heals within hallowed walls--rebuking disease within the Jewish faith. Because their disease is our disease, and Jesus is our Cure.
'A healthy church needs to develop an immune system to resist disease, else the church will get sick and perhaps even die. We do not mean the diseases of viruses, such as whooping cough, but ones that are even more destructive to our soul and future in eternity! It is much more sensible in our physical health to eat right, reduce stress and exercise to prevent illness and live a longer, better quality life. If we do not, we get sick and miss one too many sick days and are fired from work, or get that one disease that may take our earthly life away. Yes, no one can add days to his life, but he can add a healthier more energy filled life. The church is a body, too. The church needs to eat right and exercise by building love and purpose. Then, when a disease comes along, the church's white blood cells of good leadership can recognize, and get rid of it.'*
As the body of Christ, have we married ourselves to our world--instead of our Maker? Surely not. But our love affairs seem to be numerous. Abundant love partners carry abundant conflicts--and even disease. 'Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God?' (James 4:4).
If Jesus is the Cure for all disease, including those within the body of the church, what are the specifics of His treatment?
To Be Continued...
* Article 'Church Diseases': (funny and wise) http://www.churchleadership.org/apps/articles/default.asp?articleid=42357&columnid=4545
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Impossible Healings series.