The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; – Isaiah 61:1
Luke 19:10 tells us that Jesus came to seek and save that which was lost. The word saved for the believer often refers to spiritual salvation, and means to rescue or preserve from eternal death, from judgment, and from sin. However, when Jesus said He came to save, He was offering so much more than an “escape from hell” ticket.
Being saved is a combination of blessings. The Greek word used in Luke 19:10 for “save” is sózó, which, according to the Strong’s Concordance, means to heal, preserve, save, make whole (as in thy faith has made thee whole). Other meanings include, to keep safe and sound, to restore to health, to deliver from the penalties of Messianic judgement, and even to save from the evils that obstruct the reception of the Messianic deliverance.
In other words, Jesus’ death on the cross provided us with a combination of spiritual and natural blessings. In fact, the name “Jesus” is the Greek to the Hebrew Joshua, which means, “Jehovah is salvation”.
Yet many believers continue to walk in sickness and oppression unaware of the true meaning of their salvation.
On the other hand, however, for some, before healing can take place in their bodies, deliverance and healing needs to take place in the soul. This too is a part of the work of salvation. In Matthew 11:28-29 NLT, we read, Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Healing of the soul often begins with forgiveness of others and of self.
Jesus came to bring healing and deliverance to the body and soul. Isaiah 61:1 tells us that the Saviour was anointed and commissioned to preach the Gospel of good tidings to the meek, the poor, and afflicted (Psalm 25:9), to bind up and heal the brokenhearted, (Psalm 34:18); to proclaim liberty (as in the Year of Jubilee) to the physical and spiritual captives (Isaiah 49:9); and the opening of the prison and of the eyes to those who are bound. (Acts 26:18)
Psalm 23 tells us that the Good Shepherd restores our soul. It is our privilege as believers to walk in prosperity and health as our souls prosper – 3 John 2.
Prayer: Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: 3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; 4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Psalm 103:2-4