I will be presenting a collection of sermons and series focused on Rediscovering God as a healer of our bodies.
Our Most Famous Healing Scripture
By Jesus Stripes, we are healed.
Isaiah 53:4–5 (NKJV) – 4 Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.
- Jesus adopts our condition.
- Jesus receives on our status.
- Jesus bears our punishment.
- The word stripes (or wounds) is shorthand for all the things Jesus endured on the cross: our condition, our status, our punishment.
- In Sum: He receives wounds. We receive healing.
What is Healing?
The rub: Is this passage referring to spiritual healing or is it referring to physical healing?
- Isaiah 1:2–6 (ESV) – 2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth; for the Lord has spoken:“Children have I reared and brought up, but they have rebelled against me. 3 The ox knows its owner, and the donkey its master’s crib, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand.” 4 Ah, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, offspring of evildoers, children who deal corruptly! They have forsaken the Lord, they have despised the Holy One of Israel, they are utterly estranged. 5 Why will you still be struck down? Why will you continue to rebel? The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. 6 From the sole of the foot even to the head, there is no soundness in it, but bruises and sores and raw wounds; they are not pressed out or bound up or softened with oil.
- 1 Peter 2:24–25 (ESV) – 24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. 25 For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
- Matthew 8:14–17 (ESV) – 14 And when Jesus entered Peter’s house, he saw his mother-in-law lying sick with a fever. 15 He touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she rose and began to serve him. 16 That evening they brought to him many who were oppressed by demons, and he cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick. 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: “He took our illnesses and bore our diseases.”
- Matthew 9:1–8 (ESV) – 1And getting into a boat he crossed over and came to his own city. 2 And behold, some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.” 3 And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.” 4 But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? 5 For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? 6 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he then said to the paralytic—“Rise, pick up your bed and go home.” 7 And he rose and went home. 8 When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men.
- Jesus can heal you as easily as He forgives you.
- The power for both comes from the same source.
© Joshua D. Smith, Ph.D., 2023