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This quarter, we focus on healing in our weekly devotional series. This week’s devotional comes from Matthew chapters 22 through 28.

“And those who passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads and saying, ‘You who destroy the temple and build it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross’ ” (Matt. 27:39-40, NKJV).

Those who ridiculed Jesus that day did not realize they were witnessing the unfolding of God’s plan of redemption, a plan of complete salvation, including physical and emotional healing.

Jesus the Messiah is our great healer; He is our chief physician. The apostle Peter said that by Jesus’ sacrifice we “were healed” (see 1 Peter 2:24), an interesting and important restatement of Isaiah’s prophecy, “By His stripes we are healed” (Is. 53:5).

Our Foursquare family was founded on the principles of Jesus as Savior, Healer, Baptizer With the Holy Spirit and Soon-Coming King. Let’s return to our roots and proclaim the fullness of God’s redemption—including the promise to be healed.

We live in the afterglow of Calvary. An afterglow is that which remains after a light has disappeared; it is the pleasant effect or feeling that lingers after something is done, experienced or achieved; it is a lingering impression of a past glory or success.

Jesus, the light of the world, is no longer physically here; but there remains the afterglow of what He accomplished on Calvary, and there should exist in the church a lingering, pleasant effect of His redemptive work. We are to be the expressed glory and success of what our Lord and Savior purchased on Calvary’s cross.

As Jesus hung on the cross, every part of His being had been or was bruised for our redemption. God left no stone unturned; He dotted every “i” and crossed every “t”. In a thoroughness that only God can produce, He placed on Jesus the sins of man. God exacted a price that only the Spotless Lamb could pay, and Jesus paid it all, including the cost of our healing.

Over 2,000 years later, the power of Calvary is just as strong today as it was on that dark, gloomy day. But thanks be to God that out of gross darkness came forth the light of the world, and that light is Jesus, our Healer.

Go forth in the name of Jesus, proclaiming God’s goodness, and as you go, be healed in the name of the Lord.  

By: Huey Hudson, senior pastor of Restoration (Huntsville Foursquare) in Madison, Ala.

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is a freelance writer living in Long Beach, Calif.