Doctor God, report to surgery. Doctor God, report to surgery.
The Bible is no ordinary book. It is the very words of God. It is alive and powerful. It can heal. It can save.
“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”
His word is like a scalpel with which he can cut straight down to the heart of the matter. Like a surgeon he can cut away the superfluous stuff that covers up our illnesses covers over our problems. He can cut away the hurts and disease that is poisoning us, the sin and rebellion and the damaged parts of us.
By reading his word we open ourselves up to being changed by them, changed by him, made better, healed and repaired by God as we read his word. His word is alive because his word is empowered by the Holy Spirit who becomes an onboard surgical team in our heart mind soul and spirit, using the words to correct and reprove and change us from the inside. Our triune God works together. The Holy Spirit will always point us to Jesus and Jesus always points us to the Father.
Who is this Jesus? He is both fully God and fully man. In the Christmas season we will sing about Emanuel, which means God with us. This God whose words can heal us has sent his son to us to be with us, live as one of us, experience our life, and live it without sinning, and then die for us to pay for all of our mistakes, misdeeds and failures.
“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven,[f] Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
So far I’ve only read four chapters of Hebrews and the writer has already quoted Psalm 97 3 times. It may be become my anthem.
““Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts.”
Guess what day it is? Correct! It’s Today. What will we decide to do about Jesus today? Will we accept his gift of forgiveness today?