Perfect health … what is that?
The last time I was reading Acts 3 devotionally this phrase perfect health jumped out at me.
“And by faith in his name, his name itself has made this man strong, whom you see and know; and the faith that is through Jesus has given him this perfect health in the presence of all of you.” Acts 3:16 (NRSV)
Maybe it caught my eye because of all the rancorous debate about healthcare in our country. Or maybe I noticed it because as a pastor I’m aware we have hundreds of health-related prayer requests within our congregation. Or maybe I underlined perfect health because my joints and waistline are daily reminders that I’m not in perfect shape myself.
Peter used the phrase perfect health (in Greek it’s holoklería, a compound word that means “whole in every part”) to describe the lame beggar who had been raised to walk and leap about, praising God. In the aftermath Peter was explaining the wondrous healing to the astonished Jews at the temple. The source of the miracle certainly wasn’t our power and piety, he said of John and himself. Such perfect health was only possible in the name of Jesus.
For years we’ve heard about the advantages and the failures of Obamacare. Currently our national legislators are locking horns over the future of healthcare and what many are already referring to as Trumpcare. I’m not going to raise my voice or head in the middle of that fray. Anyway, I’m a proponent of Jesuscare, which sets perfect health as the standard. I want you to sign up for Jesuscare; and I promise, “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”
You can read more about it in Acts chapter 3, specifically the testimonial in verses 11-16. Jesuscare is named for the “Author of life” who himself was raised from the dead. That’s a pretty good starting point for a health care system!
I hope to see you this Sunday at North Lake. Or you can catch the message next week at our website – northlakepc.org. In the meantime, in the name of Jesus Christ may you experience what it means to be whole in every part!
Dr. Jeffrey A. Hosmer