Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Mark 1:32-33: When it was evening, after sunset, they brought to Him [Jesus] all who were sick and demon possessed. The whole town gathered by the door.
Wouldn't it be cool if the whole city of Huntsville gathered at the door of Faith for healing and the removal of Satan's influence on people? Oh yea, it would be wonderful. Standing room only. Services of God's grace running all day long, every day. People being saved. People being healed. People being born again. Would it be cool?
You betcha it would. The question is, why isn't it happening? Why are not people busting down the doors wanting to get in to get healed? A major part of the reason is, people aren't seeking Jesus to heal them. They don't think that they're "sick." People don't think they need saving from sin, death, hell, and the influence of Satan. People don't think that they sin.
Yet we know that people sin all the time. Sin is the cause of all the evil in the world. Sin is what twisted everything up. And if we were honest with ourselves, we would realize that we need the healing power of Jesus. We would we come and seek Him out to bring us forgiveness, grace, mercy, life, and peace with Him.
And do you know where is Jesus? He is here when we gather to worship. He is here bringing His healing power of grace, mercy, forgiveness, and love. His body and blood is in and with the bread and wine of Holy Communion. That brings us forgiveness. We call upon Jesus along with the Father and the Spirit to be with us in worship. Through songs, prayers, the reading of God's Word, the sermon, and the Sacrament, Jesus brings His healing power to us. We come to worship burdened and weighed down by sin, burdened and weighed down. We leave healed and equip with His grace, strength, and forgiveness. We are encouraged by His love and peace, believing and knowing we have a new life because of Jesus. And when we leave worship, we will engage the world with a new strength, zeal, and passion for life. We will engage the world around us with God in our lives so that people will see healing and strength from God so that they too we come to receive. And some will see their need to be healed through you. Then they will come and be healed by Jesus. Lord, thank You for Your healing power, amen!
Pastor Robert Hemsath joined Faith Lutheran Church and School as the Senior Pastor in January 2017. Pastor Hemsath comes to FLC from Christ the King Lutheran Church in Waxahachie, TX. He has also served congregations in Aberdeen, ID and Pocatello, ID. He has been a Lutheran pastor for the past 20 years.