The term rehabilitation was initially associated with individuals who had lost their battle with alcohol or drugs, needing intervention to break free from addiction. However, as the medical field expands, anyone who has minor or major surgery is expected to rehab before receiving a clean bill of health. Unfortunately, not everyone who enters rehab recovers completely, relapsing into back habits or experiencing reoccurring pain from previous injuries.
When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons, Mark 16:9.
Whenever you research the Bible, you must realize there are various theories which exist. Sometimes to make their point, scholars can jump to conclusions or reach, trying to validate their belief. Such is the case of Mary Magdalene whom Gnostics suggest was secretly married to Jesus. Since Jesus visits her first after his resurrection, surely there must be something going on. Yet, when you examine the character of Jesus throughout the 4 gospels, Jesus is most likely checking up on one of his former patients like a doctor, making sure her spiritual rehab is going well.
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline, 2 Timothy 1:7.
Speculation will always happen, especially among those who seek to know everything. Yet, from first hand experience, rehab can be grueling. Following my collapsed lung and two broken ribs eight teen months ago, my body still hasn’t fully recovered. Laying or moving the wrong way is a subtle remainder of the pain I endure. However, there is nothing worse than losing a spiritual battle to an addiction, allowing the devil to have a foothold on your life. This form of rehab can continue throughout life or take some to the grave way too early. May the promise of 2 Timothy 1:7 help regain control and lead to victory in the near future.
by Jay Mankus