"I’ll never forget his eyes, wide with excitement as he straightened his back for the first time in many months, and tested both legs gingerly as he started walking."
Two years ago, in the middle of the EACH initiative (editor’s note: see www.EACHtoday.com for explanation), I attended an evangelism training session at a local congregation. It was a rather small crowd, and included 2 college kids that I had never met before. Turns out that one of them had not been to church before, and had been invited by his friend. The message that evening was about Jesus healing the blind man, a powerful story from the Gospels.
Immediately afterwards, this college kid who had never attended before came forward to receive Christ, saying something to this effect: “I want to know that Man.” After the pastor prayed with him, the kid looked up and said loud enough for all of us to hear, “Does Jesus still heal today, like in the story we just read?” The pastor, without hesitation, replied with enthusiasm “Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.” The kid, who hadn’t been around religious circles long enough to know what he should or shouldn’t ask for in faith, immediately asked if the pastor could pray for healing in his legs and in his back. We gathered around this young man, while the pastor laid hands on him and prayed a short prayer that Jesus would touch his body. A short time later, the kid looked up.
I’ll never forget his eyes, wide with excitement as he straightened his back for the first time in many months, and tested both legs gingerly as he started walking.
With amazement, he said “Jesus healed me!” In the span of 10 minutes, God miraculously saved his soul and healed his body. This is the testimony of Jesus – whose very Name means savior, deliverer, healer. Sozo! ! !
Mo Thomas Ford Motor Company,
Editor’s Note: I know Mo from a lunchtime Bible Study that takes place Thursdays at Ford Motor Company. If it wasn’t for the fact that I spoke to Mo face to face, and for the fact he saw this healing happen first hand, I would have taken it to be an urban legend. There’s nothing like first hand stories to convince. I just wish that you, the reader, could have been there to see this. In the story Mo forwarded, he ended it with a word I never heard before: “Sozo”. So I had to look it up. This definition is from BibleStudyTools.com. Sozo, from Greek to save a suffering one (from perishing), i.e. one suffering from disease, to make well, heal, restore to health to preserve one who is in danger of destruction, to save or rescue to save in the technical biblical sense That’s a cool word for this particular situation, given that it covers both of the conditions… healing of soul and body!