Sermon - The Road To Healing - Acknowledging Hurt

Date: 
Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 9:45pm

The first step to healing is recognizing that there is a wound.

Jesus died to secure our healing, he suffered to restore us to wholeness, and by His resurrection we know that healing, wholesness and restoration is possible.

Healing is a process no matter where the hurt lies.

In our congregational assessment for moving forward a request for a healing service was voiced.  In response to this request, our first healing service will be May21st.  In advance of this service, we will engage in a process of assessment.  We will seek to identify the wounds that we carry, and ultimately seek healing for those wounds.

For some wounds we need community, others wounds are personal, some familial, and still others are self-afflicted, but we start the journey by seeking to acknolwedge our own hurts.

Our scripture this morning takes place at the pool at Bethseda.  

The first insight we can gather from this story is that we are not alone in our hurt and pain.  Right there at the pool there were many people hurting.  Thinking that we are alone often keeps us from acknowledging our hurts and seeking healing.  We must be aware of those around us and more self-aware.

We need to remember and understand that Jesus sees our pain.  Jesus saw that one man at the pool, he knew how long he had been hurting.  Jesus knows what has hurt us, how we are wounded, and how long we have been suffering.  Can you think of someone that you deal with in your daily life who is full of negativity, brashness, anger, and pessimism?  If you consider that their mindset could be based on their unacknowledged wounds, would it be easier to be understanding and patient?  Can we follow Jesus' example to treat other's as we would want to be treated.

Thirdly, we must answer Jesus' question "Do you want to be well?"  Well from what?  Healed from what?  We must search ourselves, locate our hurts and acknowledge them.  William Barclay says invalidism is not always unpleasant, because someone else does all the working and someone else does all the worrying.  Have we become complacent in our hurting?  Placid in our circumstances?

The man at Bethsada did not complain of physical aches and pains, he spoke to Jesus of being lonely, of a struggle and frustration based in efforts that are not reaping results.

There are many kinds of hurts and many kinds of healing.  Jesus suffered and endured to secure our healing.

Spend this week searching your heart to find where it still hurts. Are your hurts physical, from a relationship, from a fear of failure, from a mistake you don't feel you have lived down, from betrayal?  Where does it hurt?

Next week we will reflect on letting out our hurts.