In an episode of the television show M*A*S*H many years ago, the character of Doctor “Hawkeye” Pierce performed a risky procedure on an injured soldier. After the operation Hawkeye made a comment to the patient that one reason the surgery had been successful was because the patient had looked at the doctor with confidence. The doctor knew the patient trusted him, and with that trust the doctor had his own confidence.
In Revelation we have an account of the visions God gave to a man named John. The book ultimately is a message of hope for humanity, although some images may be disturbing. John’s first encounter with the Lord, in fact, is somewhat overwhelming.
How did John react? What encouragement does Jesus give? What qualities does Jesus profess about himself?
As we examine our own situations, looking at our physical health needs and our emotional needs, we must first determine if we trust Jesus enough to turn to him for the healing we might need. Who is this Jesus? Is he just a smart teacher or wise philosopher? Was he a trickster or a clever magician?
No, absolutely not. Jesus was and still is the very Son of God. He is the Beginning and the End. He holds the keys of death and Hades. Jesus is the one who is in control of all things.
With that knowledge, with that confidence and assurance, we can turn to Jesus with complete trust and faith. He is able to heal us of our physical infirmities. He is able to ease our troubled hearts and minds. He is able to cleanse a sin-sick soul.
As we consider how Jesus encounters us, as we see Jesus as the Great Physician whom we need, let us bear in mind always the power and authority that Jesus has.
DAILY CHALLENGE: How can you be confident as you turn to Jesus?