Posted by: Kara Luker | June 1, 2018

So much more than a crutch

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.  Isaiah 53:5

I’ve heard it said that Jesus is a crutch. If it means that we are held up when we are so broken we can’t do it ourselves, it is a very true statement. For He allows us to throw upon Him whatever weight we can’t carry in whatever form our weakness takes, never forcing His help but being ever available.

But the comparison stops there because while crutches can only provide space for healing to occur, Jesus takes what is broken and makes it whole by His very presence. My life is evidence of that. An x-ray of my busted up, broken down, cracked, crippled existence would have revealed damage that looked beyond repair. Maybe to me or this world, but never to Him.

He came for people like us, broken in body and mind and spirit. He gave His own body and His own life that ours would be healed, and united us with His boundless Spirit – for any and all who come to Him. None is too far gone.

He won’t just patch us up or try to rehabilitate us to our former health, but He will restore us to His original design. It is nothing short of miraculous but, fortunately, that is His specialty.

It takes humility to lean on Him; it is not something to be ashamed of, but a special kind of courage born of the Spirit. And the results – oh, my beautiful goodness, can I just say that I am walking around in a soundness of mind and joyful wholeness I never thought possible? And I know with all my heart there is so much more to come.

So let us lean on Him and look to Him, our great Physician, and be able to declare like David, “O Lord my God, I cried to You for help, and You healed me… You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise you forever.” (Psalm 30:2, 11-12)

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