IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: FEAR NOT THE DEVIL’S COVID, FOR BY HIS STRIPES YOU WERE HEALED
Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM
“With His stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5.
EVER since the Fall, healing has been the chief necessity of manhood. There was no physician in Paradise, but outside that blissful enclosure professors of the healing art have been precious as the gold of Ophir. Even in Eden itself there grew herbs which should, in after days, yield medicine for the body of man. Before sin came into the world, and disease which is the consequence of it, God had created plants of potent efficacy to soothe pain and wrestle with disease. Blessed be His name, while thus mindful of the body, He had not forgotten the direr sicknesses of the soul—for He has raised up for us a Plant of renown, yielding a balm far more effectual than that of Gilead! This He had done before the plague of sin had yet infected us. Christ Jesus, the true Medicine of the sons of men, was ordained of old to heal the sicknesses of His people.
Everywhere, at this present hour, we meet with some form or other of sickness. No place, however healthful, is free from disease.
As for moral disease, it is all around us and we are thankful to add that the remedy is everywhere within reach. The Beloved Physician has prepared a healing medicine which can be reached by all classes which is available in every climate, at every hour, under every circumstance and is effectual in every case wherever it is received. Of that Medicine we shall speak this morning, praying that we may have God’s help in so doing. It is a great mercy for us who have to preach, as well as for you who have to hear, that the Gospel healing is so very simple—our text describes it— “With His stripes we are healed.”
These six words contain the marrow of the Gospel and yet scarcely one of them contains a second syllable. They are words for plain people and in them there is no affectation of mystery or straining after the profound.
“Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy]. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.”
Isaiah 53:4–5, AMP
Isaiah 53:4–5 is proof forevermore of the Lord’s love for you and His desire for you to be whole.
How important is your healing and health to Him? It’s so important that He Himself paid the heavy and terrible price for your wholeness.
When Mel Gibson’s The Passion Of The Christ was released, people complained that the scourging scene was too graphic and violent. The truth is that it portrayed only a fraction of what our Lord really suffered on our behalf.
Jesus was violently scourged beyond human recognition by the Roman torture equipment. His flesh was shredded to the point His bones were exposed, starkly white amidst the blood and torn muscles.
He bore the stripes so that we don’t have to. His body was broken so that ours can be whole, and by His stripes, we have been healed. Keep meditating on this powerful truth and see His healing and divine health manifest in your body!
God takes what the enemy deems for evil and turns it into good.
You see the greatest twist in the History of Mankind was when satan believed he won, but 3 days later he face faced with a crushing defeat
Jesus Victory on the Cross paved the way for us to have a right relationship with God
We simply need to do our part to receive it.
THESE ARE GLAD WORDS. “With His stripes we are healed.” They are glad words, first, because they speak of healing. “We are healed.” Understand these words, oh Beloved, of that virtual healing which was given you in the day when Jesus Christ died upon the Cross. In the moment when Christ yielded up the ghost, all His elect might have said, and said with truth, “We are healed!” For, from that moment their sins were put away—a full atonement was made for all the chosen! Christ had laid down His life for His sheep!
He had redeemed His saints from among men—the ransom price was fully paid—a complete expiation for sin was made and the redeemed were clear. Let us, this morning, walk up and down with perfect peace and confidence, for from the day when Jesus died we were perfectly clear before the judgment seat of God! “With His stripes we are healed,” or rather, “we were healed,” for the words are in the past in the original Hebrew. “With His stripes we were healed.” My
sins, they ceased to be centuries ago! My debts, my Savior paid them before I was born and nailed up the receipted bill to His Cross and I can see it there! The handwriting of ordinances that was contrary to us, He took away and nailed it to His Cross.
I can see it and while I read the long list of my sins—oh, how long, what a roll it needed to contain them—yet I see at the bottom, “The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” It matters not how long that roll was—the debt is all discharged. I am acquitted before God and so is every Believer in Jesus! Every soul that rests in Jesus was at the time when Jesus died, then and there absolved before the sacred Judgment Seat! “Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect?” is a fit challenge to ring forth from the Cross where atonement was finished.
But, dear Friends, there is an actual application of the great expiation to us when, by faith, we receive it individually and it is that, also which is intended here. To as many as have believed in Jesus, His stripes have given the healing of forgiveness of sin and, moreover, it has conquered the deadly power of sin. Sin no longer has dominion over them, for they are not under the Law but under Grace. Nothing ever delivers a man from the power of sin like a sight of the suffering Savior. I have heard of a man who had lived a dissolute life, who could never be reclaimed from it by any means, but at last, when he saw his mother sick and die from grief at his ways, the thought that she had died because of his sins touched his heart and made him repent of his ungodliness.
If there was such efficacy to cause repentance in that form of suffering, much more is there when we come to see Jesus die in our place! Then our heart melts with love to Him! Then hatred of sin takes possession of the soul and the reigning power of evil is destroyed! Christ’s stripes have healed us of all love of sin! Faith in the Crucified One has healed our eyes—once they were blind—for “when we saw Him, there was no beauty that we should desire Him.”
Now, since we have seen His stripes, we see all beauties unite in His adorable Person! I know, Beloved, if you have put your trust in the sufferings of Jesus, you think Him to be the most precious of beings—you see a loveliness in Him which all Heaven’s angels could not rival.
The stripes of Immanuel have also healed our hearts. “We hid, as it were, our faces from Him. He was despised and we esteemed Him not,” but now our hearts delight in Him and we turn our faces towards Him as the flowers look to the sun. We only wish that we could see Him face to face! And He has healed our feet, too, for they were prone to evil—note the verse that follows our text—”All we, like sheep, have gone astray. We have turned, everyone, to his own way.” A sight of His stripes has brought us back and charmed by the disinterested love which suffered in our place, we follow the great Bishop and Shepherd of our souls and desire never again to wander from His commands. From head to foot His stripes have bound up our wounds and mollified them with ointment.
He forgives all our iniquities, He heals all our diseases. Beloved, if you would be cured of any sin, however spreading its infection, fly to Jesus’ wounds! This is the only way to be rid of the palsy of fear, the lever of lust, the sore blisters of remorse, or the leprosy of iniquity! His stripes are the only medicine for transgression. Men have tried to overcome their passions by the contemplation of death, but they have failed to bury sin in the grave. They have strived to subdue the rage of lust within their Nature by meditating upon Hell, but that has only rendered the heart hard and callous to love’s appeals. He who once believingly beholds the mystery of Christ suffering for him shakes off the viper of sin into the fire which consumed the great Sacrifice. Where the blood of the Atonement falls, sin’s hand is palsied, its grasp is relaxed, its scepter falls, it vacates the throne of the heart and the Spirit of Grace, and truth, and love, and righteousness occupies the royal seat.
I may be addressing some this morning who despair of being saved. Behold Christ smarting in your place and you will never despair again. If Jesus bore the transgressors’ punishment there is every room for hope. Perhaps your disease is love of the world and a fear of man. You dare not become a Christian because men would laugh at you. If you could hear the scourges fall upon the Savior’s back, you would henceforth say, “Did He suffer thus for me? I will never be ashamed of Him again.” And instead of shunning the fight you would seek out the thick of the fray. “With His stripes we are healed.” It is a universal medicine. There is no disease by which your soul can be afflicted but an application of the blue bruises of your Lord will take out the deadly virus from your soul.
The Cross! The Cross! The Cross of Christ! What power dwells in it! Full sure, if even for Satan that Cross had been set up on earth, it would have lifted him from
Hell to Heaven! But it is not for him—it is, however, for the vilest of the sons of men—and there are no sons of men so corrupt that the Cross of Christ cannot purge them of all evil!
Bear this Gospel into Africa, where superstitious sorcery holds men’s minds in thralldom—it will uplift before all eyes the charter of Africa’s liberty! Ethiopia shall stretch out her hands, liberated from her chains, when she shall see a Crucified Savior! Bear the Cross among the Brahmins or among the Hindus—preach the Cross among a race of men who boast their wisdom and they shall become ignorant in their own esteem but truly wise before the Lord—when they shall see the light that streams from Immanuel’s wounds! Even Oriental cunning and lasciviousness are thus healed! Do not tell me that we ought mainly to preach Christ exalted—I will preach my Lord upon the throne and delight therein—but the great remedy for ruined manhood is not Christ in glory, but Christ in shame and death!
We know some who select Christ’s Second Advent as their one great theme and we would not silence them yet they err.
The Second Coming is a glorious hope for saints, but there is no cure in it for sinners! To them the coming of the Lord is darkness and not light! But Christ smitten for our sins—there is the star which breaks the sinner’s midnight! I know if I preached Christ on the Throne, many proud hearts would have Him. But, oh, Sirs, you must have Christ on the Cross before you can know Him on the Throne! You must bow before the Crucified! You must trust a dying Savior or else if you pretend to honor Him by the glories which are to come, you do but belie Him and you know Him not. To the Cross, to the Cross, to the Cross! Write that upon the signposts of the road to the City of Refuge! Fly there, you guilty ones, as to the only sanctuary for the sinful for, “with His stripes we are healed.” There is joy in this!
There is another joy in the text—joy in the honor which it brings to Christ. The stripes, let us lament them. The healing, let us rejoice in it! And then, the Physician, let us honor Him. “With His stripes we are healed.” Jesus Christ works real cures. We are healed, effectually healed. We were healed when we first believed; we are still healed. Abiding cure we have, for still to His wounds we fly. An eternal cure we have, for never man was healed by Christ and then relapsed and died. “With His stripes we are healed”—by nothing else—by no mixture of something else with those stripes. Not by priestcraft, not by sacraments, not by our own prayers, not by our own good works. “With His stripes we are healed”—healed of all sin of every kind—of sins past, of sins present and sins to come! We are healed, completely healed of all, and that in a moment—not through long years of waiting and of gradually growing better but—”With His stripes we are healed,” completely healed, even now. Blessed be His name!
Now, child of God, if you would give glory to God, declare that you are healed this morning! Be not always saying, “I hope I am saved.” The man who he says hopes he is cured does not greatly recommend the physician. But the man who knows he is, he is the man who brings him honor. Let us speak positively—we can do so. Let us speak out in the face of all mankind and not be ashamed. Let us say, “As surely as we were diseased, so surely are we healed through the stripes of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Let us give Jesus all glory! Let us magnify Him to the utmost.
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