God does provide healing. When Jesus walked on this earth He healed all manner of
sickness and disease. I believe I have received God's healing power on two special occasions.
However, Isaiah 53:5 and I Peter 2:24 do not speak of physical healing but spiritual healing. Mankind's greatest need is for his sin sickness to be cured. Some today pervert this scripture and make it relate to healing of all kinds of physical ailments. That is not good exegesis of the Bible.
Calvin said 400 years ago, "it is certain the prophet doesn't speak of physical illness," The healing referred to in the text relates to the cleansing and forgiveness of sin.
The word translated "healing" is many times used in a figurative sense. However, God did heal physical diseases. Look at Num. 12:13; it does speak of the prayer of Moses for the healing of Miriam. But 2 Chro. 7:14 promises the healing of the land. In Jer. 3:22 God indicates He will heal faithlessness or backsliding.
My point is this: The word "heal" has several objects. In the text the object of the word "heal" is sinners and their sins. The word "stripes" can also be translated "wounds, blows, strokes." Most theologically conservative scholars say this a prophecy of the scourging Jesus took before He went to the cross, but it is also part of the crucifixion event.
Therefore, there is healing for one sin sick. It is available through the shed blood of Jesus.
Notice with me:
Sin sickness has cursed us all.
Sin sickness has no natural cure.
Sin sickness has a supernatural cure.
I. Sin Sickness has cursed us all. v 6
The Bible says in several places that all have sinned. You can see in the verse following our text that it says, "All of us like sheep have gone astray." Each of us has turned to his own way; but the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him. (Is. 53:6) It is a similar message in Romans' 3:10 and 23. Everyone of us has or had this disease.
When God created Adam and Eve they had no sin. But when they willingly disobeyed, sin came into this world and since has affected all human flesh, but our Lord Jesus. Sin caused this sickness and, therefore, we are sin sick by nature. But we are also sin sick because of our choices. We have chosen sin, and we need to be healed.
Sin sickness weakens us. Notice Rom. 5:6. It relates that we are weakened and helpless spiritually because of sin. Sin weakens us also. You are never better, wiser, or stronger because of sin.
Sin sickness deadens our conscience. Notice in your Bible what is recorded in Hebrews 9:14 and 10:22. Sin deadens and decays our morals. Our culture accepts things today that would not have been allowed 25 years ago. Why is that so? It is true because sin has deadened the moral consciousness of the people. Recently someone related to me about a new movie. I asked how much cussing goes on in this movie. The person responded, "I don't know; I guess I've gotten to the place it no longer bothers me."
That is a very simple illustration of how if we allow sin to become a regular part of our daily lives, we will get to where it doesn't bother us, until we wake up one day and it may be too late to change.
Sin sickness pollutes our society. Just think about the times in recent days you have heard about pornography, sexual child abuse, and other signs of a morally polluted society. You can tune in a talk show and hear someone defending pornography as a freedom. Bit it is a sin that pollutes and enslaves.
Sin sickness is a fatal disease. It will kill your spirit. It is Satan's great method of warfare. The book of Proverbs 14:12 says, "There is a way which seems right to man, but its end is the way of death." You see, mankind can follow his own thoughts and experiences, rather than God's way. This path may seem right to a person, but the end is death. Satan weakens, deadens, and pollutes through sin. It is a fatal disease.
Recently one of our members died of cancer. He knew for several months that he was going to die unless he received a miracle. When I prayed for him, I asked God to grant him healing. No miracles came, and the man died physically. There is a similarity in the spiritual aspect of life.
We all have sin sickness which can be likened to cancer. If we do not receive a miracle, we will die spiritually as well as physically. The miracle is available to all through the death of Jesus Christ. If we confess Jesus as Lord of our life, we shall be saved from the destruction of sin sickness. If we reject Jesus, we shall die in our sin.
My friend, have you received the miracle of the new birth? If comes
to all who acknowledge the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Please follow as I
call your attention to the second point.
II. Sin sickness has no natural healing.
In the book of Jeremiah, we read "And they have healed the brokeness of my people superficially, saying peace, peace; but there is no peace." You can see sin sickness in Jeremiah's day required repentance and a turn to God. if requires the same today.
Many superficial cures can be offered, but there really is no natural cure. Sin sickness is not like the common cold. It will not go away in one week. It is not like a cut finger that will be healed through the normal healing process of the body.
The normal healing of the body is an amazing process. It is a wonderful design of God, and it can heal superficial or deep internal wounds. But it does not have an effect on your spiritual condition. You do not have a natural cure for sin sickness. There is not now nor will there ever be a man-made cure for the destruction of the soul and spirit called sin sickness.
When I pastored in California, the newspaper reported a sad story about a so-called "faith-healing preacher." He told a couple to take their child off the diabetes medicine the doctors had ordered. The couple in faith obeyed the minister. Their child began to get very sick. The minister said, "Just keep on praying: God is just testing your faith." This husband and wife believed the preacher, and their child died. This illustrates the false information a person may receive. It is so very sad that the boy died when the medicine would have kept him alive. There was a medicine for his physical need.
The only medicine for sin sickness is a permanent cure in the blood
of Jesus Christ. He died for us because there would be no remedy without
His sacrificial death. If you're trusting in son so-called natural cure,
please turn away from that, and to Jesus. Now follow as the third point
III. Sin sickness has a cure. v 5 c
The text says, "And by His scourging we are healed." We could not keep from mentioning it earlier, but the cure is Jesus. Follow as I read several passages: Rev. 1"5 ". . .and released us from our sins by His blood,. . ."; Rev. 5:9 ". . .Thou wast slain, and dids't purchase for God with thy blood men from every tribe. . ."; and Rev. 7:14 ". . .they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the lamb."
Why is Jesus the cure? Because God decided that it would that way. You see, Jesus is not a good cure, nor is He the best cure, but He is the only cure. Turn your Bible to Isaiah 53. Note with me the many words that relate to the sacrifice of our Lord. Note in verse 3, He is despised and forsaken, acquainted with grief; verse 4 our griefs He Himself bore, our sorrows He carried, Him stricken, smitten of God and affected; verse 5 He was pierced for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities, chastened and scourged.
All of the above tells us He is the cure because He paid the price for our salvation. He alone can forgive sin, because He only is the remedy. This is a strange method of healing, for the doctor suffers the cost and the people receive the healing. He suffers for our sin.
In France there is a school for poor boys. It is a very good school, and the boys who enter it become good men. But sometimes bad boys get in who will not try to be better. A boy of this sort one day stabbed another. In that school they have two rules:
1st Bad boys are tried by the scholars, not by the masters. And the sentence the other boys passed on this ad was that he should be kept three weeks in a dark cell, and fed on bread and water.
2nd . But in this school substitutes are allowed in punishments. Any boy may come forward and say he will bear the punishment to which an evil-doer has been sentenced. So, when the sentence was pronounced, the question was asked whether any boy was willing to bear this punishment. And, to the surprise of all the school, the boy whose arm had been stabbed stepped forward and said, "I will bear it in his stead." And that was agreed to, but the master said, "The criminal must take the bread and water to the cell."
So the boy who had been stabbed went into the cell to bear the punishment, and the boy who stabbed him carried the bread and water three times a day to the cell he went through his task six days, but then he broke down. Three times every day to see the pale face of the boy he had stabbed, in prison for him, made him see how cruel he had been. He came to the master and insisted on bearing the rest of the punishment himself.
You and I may want to say Christ should not suffer for us. I ought to
pay for my own sins. But it is not possible. All we can do is say we are
sorry He had to die, and acknowledge Him as Lord in our life. Then live
for Him so His death will not be in vain.
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will meet you. If you would like to acknowledge Jesus as Lord, you come.
Perhaps you want to move your life and membership from another church.
You come; do it now.
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