Healing and the Cross
Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all.
Isaiah 53:4-6 NLT
The Holy Spirit inspired Isaiah to write prophetically about the Messiah’s coming and His sacrifice for humanity. Isaiah wrote that the Messiah, Jesus, would carry our weaknesses and sorrows—another translation says sicknesses, another translates the Hebrew our pain and suffering.
We see here the prophecy about Jesus’ crucifixion that would pay the price for our sins. Jesus’ work on the cross would allow us to experience forgiveness and freedom from sin.
Jesus’ work would also impact our physical bodies. We look to the cross as God’s work to free our physical bodies from sickness and disease. The cross not only brought forgiveness but healing as well.
On this side of eternity, I don’t think we will fully understand the work of physical healing. I don’t understand why some people receive immediate healing and others do not. I do believe God has given wisdom to doctors to partner with His healing process for our bodies. I do believe we also have a part in the process by the way we treat our bodies. I can’t violate diet, sleep, and exercise laws and then expect God to heal my body. Walking in health is also walking in self-discipline. Self-discipline is part of the fruit of the Spirit.
Holy Spirit, please help me partner with You in the healing of my body. Help me today realize Your wholeness in my life. Help me do my part to live in physical wholeness.
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