A Life Healed and Whole

Miracles. They’re all around us. Amazing, mind-boggling, impossible miracles. I saw some first-hand tonight. Earlier this evening, twenty-six people were baptized at my church.

I can’t get over the stories these people shared. Some had been sexually, physically or emotionally abused as children. Others had struggled for years with serious addictions. Still others had tried to end their lives – more than once.

The evening was filled with story after story of loss, hopelessness and desperation. But the focus was not on that. The focus was on healing, restoration and peace.

You see, every single one of those stories that I heard tonight has a happy, miraculous ending. Do you want to know why? It’s because each of these people gave their sin and brokenness to Jesus.

He redeemed them and made them whole.

We all want a happy ending, don’t we? There’s only one way to get it. 1 Peter 1:3-5 says,

What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have him, this Father of our Master Jesus! Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven—and the future starts now! God is keeping careful watch over us and the future. The Day is coming when you’ll have it all—life healed and whole. (The Message)

A “life healed and whole”. That’s what tonight was all about. The greatest miracle of all is the miracle of a changed life and there’s only one person who can offer that.

It’s Jesus.

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