Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Ministers of Healing

During Christ's ministry on earth, He faced much opposition from the Pharisees who sought to enforce their own interpretation of the Law of Moses. On one occasion there was a man with a withered hand in the synagogue. The Pharisees were watching intently to see if Jesus would heal this man, an act they assumed broke the Mosaic Law to do no work on the Sabbath. When Christ was asked if it was lawful to heal on the Sabbath, He responded this way: “. . .Which one of you who has a sheep, if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not take hold of it and lift it out? Of how much more value is a man than a sheep! So it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath”  (Matthew 12:11-12).

The value of one human life in the eyes of God is beyond our comprehension. What a great privilege we have as nurses to share Christ's love daily, including the Lord's day! I believe this verse shows us that we need not worry about breaking the Sabbath when we are scheduled to work on Sundays because Christ Himself chose to heal on the Sabbath. We follow His example as ministers of healing when we take every opportunity to do good by using our nursing skills to bring healing and restoration to our patients' bodies and spirits.   

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