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By His Wounds
We Are Healed

A Devotional Journey for Lent 2012
St John's Lutheran Church and School
La Grange, Illinois

Third Week in Lent
March 11 -17

 

Sunday

Mar 11
Monday Mar 12
Tuesday Mar 13
Wednesday Mar 14
Thursday Mar 15
Friday Mar 16
Saturday Mar 17
   

Prayer Requests


Weekly
Healing Services
Mondays 7:00 p.m.
2/20, 2/27, 3/5,
 3/12, 3/19 & 3/26

Lenten Scriptures and Song
Prayer and Anointing
Holy Communion


Holy Week
April 1-7

Palm Sunday 8:00 & 10:45 a.m.

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Mon 4/2, Tue 4/3 & Wed 4/4

Three Days of Prayer
& Healing. Informal gatherings for prayer vigils throughout the day. Brief services of prayer & anointing at 7:00 p.m. each evening.

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Maundy Thursday 4/5
   Noon and 7:00 p.m.

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Good Friday 4/6
   Noon and 7:00 p.m.
   (Tenebrae @7:00 p.m)


Easter Sunday
April 8

6:30 a.m.
Sunrise Service

8:00 & 10:45 a.m.
Festival Worship with choirs, handbells and orchestra.

Easter Breakfast

9:00-10:30 a.m.


View Previous Years of Devotions from St. John's Archive

Lent 2011
Drawn to the Cross

Lent 2010
Love Letters

Lent 2009
Meet! Experience! Live!

Lent 2008
United in Prayer

 

 

Sunday

March 11, 2012

By His Wounds We are
Anointed with Healing Balm

Reading

Jeremiah 8:19-22

Focus

Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is there no healing for the wound of my people? (v. 22)
 

“There is a balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole; There is a balm in Gilead to heal the sin sick soul."   --African-American Spiritual

Jeremiah is remembering in desperation a land beyond the Jordan – on the east bank – a land rich in spices and aromatic gums that provided balm. Balm is a remedy, a substance that, while not curative, at least provides relief from some forms of physical discomfort. Gilead was famous far and wide for its balm. If you couldn’t find relief there, there was little hope.

And little hope is what Jeremiah saw for the people of Israel, exiled in Babylon. They had lost their homeland because of their idolatrous unfaithfulness to God, and now, away from the land that kept their national and spiritual memories alive, they were in danger of forgetting the promises of God and drifting farther and farther away from Him. Jeremiah mourns the sin-sickness of the nation, trading laments over their sin and disgust over their ungodly behavior. There was no relief in sight. It seemed God turned a deaf ear to their cries for help. Jeremiah knew His people needed healing, there seemed to be no physician, no remedy sufficient to heal the wounds of sin which plagued his people. And in a sense, he was right. Sin is sickness unto death.

But there is a balm in Gilead. There is a way to spell relief: it is J-E-S-U-S. The God of compassion, of healing, of hope and new life in the midst of death, provides in His only Son, Jesus, relief from the mortality of sin. And that relief does not come as a pill or a dietary or physical regimen. It comes in the death and resurrection of the Jesus, Messiah, the Christ. He takes on Himself the sin-sickness of the world and lets it kill Him. Then, risen from the dead Himself, He gives to us a whole new life. Not just better, or healthier, but NEW!

In this new life we do indeed have a new dietary regimen – “Take, eat, this is my body. Take, drink, this is my blood.” And we do have a new physical regimen: “Take up your cross and follow me.”

Wounded, Jesus makes us whole. Defeated, Jesus leads us to victory. Useless in our misery, Jesus restores us to serve God and the world in His healing name.

 

Prayer

Heal us, Jesus, and use us to bring Your healing gospel to a sin-sick world. Amen.
   
 

David Christian

 


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