Sharing the Good News and healing in his name.
… When they had prayed, the place in which they had gathered together was shaken; and they were filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God with boldness.
- Acts 4:23-31.
One of the signs of God’s Kingdom coming among us is people being healed and made whole. A man lame from birth, carried daily by friends to beg outside the temple, is healed in the name of Jesus. He praises God and jumps for joy not only free to move but also set free from dependence on others. Jesus’ disciples are arrested and later released with a warning to stop teaching about Jesus and healing in his name.
In Britain today national security and Brexit can be used as excuses for making cuts at home, and sending insufficient aid abroad. Demanding proper funding for the NHS, protesting against cuts in benefits and insisting on aid for the poor and underprivileged of our world can seem almost subversive acts. We need God–given boldness to announce God’s Kingdom of justice and peace, healing and wholeness.
Christian Aid and their partners often work in dangerous and hostile environments to bring hope and healing to people in need. The early Christians, knowing they were up against the regime that killed their friend and teacher, prayed for boldness to speak out, and carried on sharing the Good News and healing in his name.
Lord Jesus, give us the courage as individuals and churches to speak boldly and prophetically to those in power about where public money is spent.
Today’s contributor is the Rev Casi M Jones, who lives in North Wales, with her husband Lloyd, her two sons, Dafydd and Tomos and her mother Sara. She works with The Union of Welsh Independents as Resources Officer for the churches in North Wales.
Published on 06 April 2018