Isaiah 53:4-5 is a power-packed verse on the subject of healing!
[quote style=”boxed”]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 53:4-5[/quote]
WHAT DOES THIS SCRIPTURE MEAN?
In this scripture, the word “borne” comes from the Hebrew word “nasa.”
[quote style=”boxed”]nasa [naw-saw]
verb: to lift; bear, carry away; cast away; ease; erase; take away.[/quote]
This word describes a person taking the burden of another and placing it on himself, just like a mother carries an infant and just like the flood lifted up the ark. If Christ bore our griefs (sicknesses), then they were taken away in the same way that sins were taken away!
Let’s look at the word “carried,” which comes from the Hebrew word “cabal.”
[quote style=”boxed”]cabal [saw-bal]
verb: to carry; bear; and burden.[/quote]
The idea here is that the full load is borne by the one carrying it so that all others might be free of it. Isaiah is telling us that Christ bore all our sicknesses and pain so that we do not need to have them! If we have sickness in our body, it is because we have not unloaded it on Him, by faith. There is no need for us to carry what He has already bore for us. If God had not intended for His people to be free from sin & sickness, then He would not have laid these burdens upon Christ to bear for us.
THE PRICE THAT JESUS PAID FOR US
It is important for us to realize that Jesus was pierced for transgressions that were OURS. He was crushed for iniquities that were OURS. The chastisement for OUR well-being was upon Him, but, by His stripes there is healing for US! God laid on His Son sickness and Jesus accepted that for US. How amazing is it that the God of the universe loved US that much? He sent Jesus to pay the price and purchased OUR healing.
Let’s pretend that I came to you and said that I picked out a brand new car for you from the local car dealership. I paid cash for the car and picked out the exact car you wanted! You’ve been in need of a new car but could not afford one. Now, all you have to do is go get your car that I paid for.
That is what Jesus did for US. Just like that car, all we have to do is receive OUR healing that Jesus has paid for!
Occasionally, my wife cooks wonderful meals for our family. She takes her time to get all of the ingredients at the store and then works to prepare the meal just right. After carefully laying out the food on our plates, she’ll get the table ready for our feast. When it’s all set, she will call us to come eat. Sometimes, the kids will come in and say, “I don’t want that” or “I’m not hungry.”
That is how we sometimes approach healing. Jesus has prepared our healing and presented it to us on a silver platter! Let’s not refuse the finished work of Christ; receive your healing today!