17 Jan Day 17 – Sign of the Kingdom – SOZO (Salvation, Healing, and Deliverance)
Luke 19:10 – For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save (sozo) that which was lost.
Jesus came to ransom back what was lost. To rescue his glorious inheritance which is us! Yes, He came to save all of mankind. But what does the word “save” mean? The word save is “sozo” in Greek and it means more than just salvation. It means salvation and healing and deliverance. It means to make whole again. Our beautiful Jesus did not just come to save a part of us. No, he came to save all of us.
We are born into a broken world and we experience brokenness as a result. But God’s nearness is for our good and through His presence He wants to make us WHOLE. Matthew 15:30 says, “A vast crowd brought to Jesus people who were lame, blind, crippled, those who couldn’t speak, and many others. They laid them before Jesus, and he healed them all.” We know that Jesus could ONLY DO what he saw the Father doing. The Father wants us saved, healed, and delivered.
We must ask the Lord to help us see the world around us as He sees it. We want to learn to love what He loves and hate what He hates. We want to be moved with compassion as Jesus was – knowing that God has so much more for us and all mankind than what we experience under the curse. We can fight for heaven to be made manifest in the hard stories and places we encounter. We can pray for the healing of tormented minds, sick bodies, and unjust circumstances. Jesus said, “The Kingdom is among you!” We know that nothing is broken in heaven. Our God desires to bring sozo to the earth.
Where do I need the Son of Man to come seek and sozo that which was lost in me? In my circumstances?
Is there an area that I have been afraid to see healed or delivered in my life due to fear of the unknown or fear of change?
Is there any area in which I have grown hopeless in calling out for a savior, healer and deliverer? (Talk to God about your feelings and your experience.)
Do I feel complacent with the world around me? Where do I need to grow in compassion?
God you came to sozo me … to save all of me! I confess I want your salvation, healing, and deliverance for every part of me. I want to share your sozo with those around me. Holy Spirit, teach me how to bring of your salvation, your healing, and your deliverance to the sick, the hurting and the lost.
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