05 Jun By His Stripes We Are Healed
I wrote a blog entry before about the scars on your body. Our bodies are physical journals to the life we’ve led. We can look at every scar on our body and remember how we got it and why.
We all wear our scars proudly, knowing that with every wound we are made stronger. We are survivors. Every scar serves as a visible reminder of wounds we’ve incurred. Jesus’ body was also marked with scars. His scars tell a detailed account of his final days on earth. The stripes on his back, the nail pierced hands and feet, the deep holes all around the crown of his head as the thorns were pressed in hard, and the hole in his side, which was pierced by a sword. As painful as it is to remember His beating, torture and His crucifixion, His scars are a reminder of all He went through for us and that God is with us through all things.
Isaiah 53:5 – “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and by his stripes we are healed.”
This means that with every single lash of the whip that tore across the back of Jesus, He bore the weight of our sin. With all the beatings and torture, even as they drove nails into his hands and feet, He had only one thing on His mind – how very much He loves us and that He was making a way for us to have eternal life and the forgiveness of our sins.
We also have unseen scars. There are scars on our soul that happen from rejection, betrayal, abuse, heartbreak, and emotional pain. These scars aren’t physically seen on the outside of our bodies, but the effects of them definitely are. We can be withdrawn and shy, hateful and aggressive, angry, insecure, afraid, or mean. Our habits and behavior can also reflect the scars on our soul – addiction, alcoholism, control, abuse, obesity, and more.
Basically, we are the sum of all that has happened to us since our birth. It has formed us and made us the person we are. People that were hurt in the past expect people to hurt them now. We may even believe that God will let us down and disappoint us. Our minds have been trained to expect the worst. The good news is that we can be healed. We aren’t stuck in the situation we are in. We have eternal hope in Jesus Christ.
When Jesus showed the disciples his scars, he was saying, “Here is my signature.” Your scars are your signature. They describe your life and all you’ve been through, but your story doesn’t end there with all that scar tissue.
When you accept Jesus as your Lord and your Savior, and you begin to live your life in Him and with Him, He begins to change you. He begins to heal you. He heals your mind from negative thinking. He molds you into His image. He helps you step out of that place in your mind where you feel defeated, like everyone is against you. He removes generational curses and frees you to change your destiny and the destiny of your entire family.
This is your life. This is who you are. This is your signature.
The things you’ve done in your past are still in your memory, and so we have to continue to fight our old self until we can fully realize who we are in Christ and live our life in victory.
Satan wants you sick, he wants you disabled, he wants you to be in so much pain that you forget to pray and you sink into the abyss of failure and misery.
In Ex. 15:26, God says, “I am the Lord that heals you.” God is by nature a healing God. Satan, on the other hand, has come to kill, steal, and destroy; but Jesus says, “I have come that you might have life, and have it abundantly.” Abundantly means life overflowing! God never intended for you to live in despair, to suffer from disease, addiction, or to be in constant pain. It’s not God’s will for you to be without your children, to be broke, or to be hungry. In fact, He very specifically said in Matthew 25:41 – “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
“He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
God cares deeply about every single one of us. It is God’s desire for us to be happy, healthy, prosperous and in relationship with Him.
God called Himself Jehovah Rapha which means God who Heals. It was part of God’s Covenant with the people of Israel, that if they obeyed Him, He would take away sickness from them. “Worship the Lord your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you”. Ex. 23:25
This scripture is telling us that we must be seeking a relationship with Jesus to take full advantage of God’s healing power. If you don’t believe in God and don’t care about having a relationship with His Son who died to take away your sins, then you won’t believe that He can heal you anyway. But if you do believe in God then you can’t just stay there. You have to believe and hunger after Him and yearn to learn more. Seeking after God, loving Jesus, spending time with Him in prayer, and feeling the Holy Spirit, will give you the full benefit of God’s love and His healing power.
When you feel the Holy Spirit, it is overwhelming. It bubbles up in the center of your chest like a waterfall, like the river of life! You feel love and strength and power all at the same time. It is the water that quenches. When I pray for people and command the power of Christ to heal them, I feel like electric currents are running through my arms and hands. It is the power of Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit. I have no power. I can’t heal anyone. Without the power of Jesus Christ, there is no healing.
Jesus died that you might have life. Don’t throw that gift away. Don’t be comfortable in pain and misery and defeat. We serve a great and awesome God who loves us more than anything. Stop listening to the devil and grasping on to the crumbs he throws your way.
There is a huge difference between the voice of God and the voice of the devil. The devil’s voice is condemning and negative. You’ll never be good enough. You’re not worth it. You will always be addicted. No one loves you. You’ll never get out of this lifestyle. But God’s voice is loving, positive and uplifting. You are my child. You are my masterpiece. You are loved beyond all measure. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. Press on! Run the race! Don’t give up!
It’s easy to tell the difference between the two.
If you have some things now that you want to offer up to Jesus, things that are bothering you or burdening you, difficult situations you are facing, or pain or illness you need God’s help with, or anything else on your heart, let’s just go now into the presence of Jesus and worship him now. Let yourself go. See the face of Jesus in your mind. Call on His name. Jesus. Jesus. Just say His name. There is power in the name of Jesus and by His stripes you are healed!