BY REV. DORAL PULLEY
“…by whose stripes you were healed.” – 1 Peter 2:24
During biblical times, leprosy was one of the most dreadful and contagious diseases. Jesus was not intimidated by this disease or any other physical aliment because he knew that healing and wholeness would be manifested.
As the ten lepers moved out in obedience of Jesus’ command they were “healed as they went.” Nine of them experienced the manifestation of healing and kept going. One of the lepers, once he noticed that he was cleansed went back to Jesus to say thank you. Because of his thanksgiving, he was not only healed but made whole, a state where nothing is missing, broken or out of place.
Jesus is not here in a physical way like he was with the lepers. Nevertheless, Christ Jesus still heals people today through the power of the Holy Spirit and our hands, the Body of Christ. No matter what the sickness, pain, discomfort, dysfunction or disease, the Body of Christ has the power to heal. In fact, the scripture says one sign that would follow believers is that we would, “lay hands on the sick and they shall recover (Mark 16:18).”
We have gotten so used to going to doctors and taking medication, that some of us have forgotten about the healing power that is in the name, power and consciousness of Christ Jesus. Not only was Jesus wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities, he took stripes so that we could experience the manifestation of healing and be whole.
Rev. Doral Pulley is the senior pastor of Unity Temple of Truth Church, 511 Prescott St. S, St. Petersburg.