Health Pondering

I notice that in all the Gospels some of the first work that Jesus does is to heal.  Human health is very important to him. People around the Mediterranean ate non processed foods and walked everywhere.  They already lived a healthier lifestyle than we do.  Still, some got sick.  It’s bound to happen to all of us sooner or later.  So in the Galilean neighborhoods it was Dr. Jesus who traveled around healing people of both physical and Psychotic (demon possessed) diseases.  Ultimate healing however was spiritual healing. This means being saved.  This is not necessarily being saved in this world for this world, but rather being saved in, and for, the next world and eternal life.  Jesus got people through physical and mental ill health so that they could accept the invitation to have spiritual redeeming.

I think we all should have a program of healthy eating and regular walking.  It is who we are created to be, walkers, by-pedal, walkers.  And to nourish ourselves, we should eat fresh fruits and vegetables.  Being like Jesus means more than just reading about what Jesus did.  Jesus did not leave us any written material.  But we do have the history of the life of the Palestinian Jews of his day. We know something about his diet and that he was a blue collar worker in construction (maybe woodworking) and that he walked all over Israel and Judea. Why don’t we have preachers trying to get us to diet and exercise in a Christian way?  If we “follow” Jesus for miles, we may not need Dr. Jesus, except for the spiritual healing part.

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying through and to God’s people and “Ponder anew what the Almighty can do.”  John Thomas Frazier Sr.

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