Healing in the Now/Not-Yet

Malachi 4:2, “But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing ini its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall.”

It is an amazing gift that God gave our bodies the ability to heal themselves—when you scrape some skin, after a surgery, and even the ability to heal after time spent grieving. Every kind of pain needs both time and care to heal. Jesus, the sun of righteousness, brings ultimate healing. This is what we theologians call the now/not-yet reality.

In the now, during His First Advent, Jesus brought healing to lepers, the lame, and the blind. In the not-yet, Jesus will bring us into eternal life. Yet there is another sense of the “now.”

Jesus still heals us today, only through different means. God has blessed us with medicine and talented physicians so that He may heal us through natural means. God typically works in ordinary things to bring about His extraordinary work. So, if you are taking medication, seeing a doctor, seeing a therapist, or receiving comfort in grief from a friend or loved one or pastor, that is God caring for you.

When the sun of righteousness rises again at His Second Advent, there will be no need for healing, medicine, doctors, or therapists, for there will be no more grief or pain. Though we may suffer pain for a little while, it will be met with the erasure of all pain and grief at the rising of the sun of righteousness as He descends from the clouds.

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