God desires for us to be healthy and experience His healing power. Far too many Christians think otherwise because of religious teaching. Some even think it is an “imposition” for them to ask God to heal them.
Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men. (Isaiah 52:13 – 14)
These verses provide us with a picture of Jesus at the crucifixion. His “visage” refers to Jesus’ face, which had become disfigured by the torture He endured. The soldiers beat Jesus so severely that He did not even look human.
Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. (1 Peter 2:24)
I do not believe that the beating Jesus endured would not have rendered His appearance so twisted as described in these verses. Many scholars believe this resulted from all sickness and diseases that will ever afflict the human race entering His body.
He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:3 – 4)
I have heard people who claim the reference to healing is focused solely on emotional and spiritual healing. You may be one of these, and as a result, you may have never considered that Isaiah and Peter’s words speak of physical healing.
Many ministers will reference Isaiah 53 in their sermons, and most Christians are familiar with the chapter. In my experience, I’ve found that most of these do not believe it contains any reference to physical healing.
Many ministers will reference Isaiah 53 in their sermons, and most Christians are familiar with the chapter. In my experience, I’ve found that most of these do not believe it contains any reference to physical healing. Most are looking at the verse in isolation from other Scriptural passages.
An examination of Isaiah 53 utilization of other verses will reveal that the prophet referenced physical healing in verse 4. Matthew 8 provides one such example.
And when Jesus was come into Peter’s house, he saw his wife’s mother laid, and sick of a fever.
And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them.
When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:
That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses. (Matthew 8:14 – 17)
Please notice that verse 17 is quoting Isaiah 53:4 using the words “infirmities” and “sicknesses” in place of “griefs” and “sorrows.” The context for this verse is an account of Peter’s mother-in-law’s healing.
Healing is part of our redemption. We have a right to claim it, and any person who says otherwise will find themselves arguing against Scripture. In most cases, people struggle with this because they allow their “experiences” to influence them more than God’s Word. As long as they continue in this pattern of belief, they will continue to be sick.
While God may heal us through another person’s faith, we can’t receive healing for ourselves without releasing our faith. Healing is something provided in Jesus’ redemptive work, and each one of us needs to understand that it is honoring God for us to release faith to receive it.
So, receiving healing in our physical bodies will require us to believe that God has provided for physical healing just as He has the forgiveness of our sins. We will continue to suffer and struggle in our faith walks if we compromise on this point.
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