With His Stripes we are Healed
Posted on January 1, 2019 by America's Keswick in Victory Call
“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 53:3-5 (King James Bible)
I’ve been doing a Beth Moore study called ‘Breaking Free’ and I would recommend it to anyone. It’s a study that centers on the book of Isaiah, and last night I watched a video session on the above verse. Doesn’t Isaiah 53:3-5 just beg to be picked apart? Beth Moore studied and meditated upon this passage and had some great insight to share.
These verses describe Jesus as a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief. It goes on to say “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows.” He was a man of sorrows – OUR sorrows. He was acquainted with grief – OUR grief.
When Jesus was on the cross, He went through the most painful kind of physical, mental, and spiritual suffering that any man had before Him and that any man would have after Him.
Physical – He was WOUNDED, He was BRUISED, He was PIERCED. He was WHIPPED. He had to carry the cross over His shoulder and wear the crown of thorns. He sweated blood – this is a medical condition called hematidrosis, which is caused by experiencing the highest levels of stress possible and it makes your skin more sensitive to pain.
Mental – He was DESPISED, He was REJECTED. He was a man of sorrows and grief. He was taunted by the very ones He came to save.
Spiritual – “Eloi Eloi Iama Sabachthani?” This was what Jesus cried out when He was on the cross. The English translation is ‘My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?’ God allowed Him to feel forsaken, alone, separated.
Since He “hath borne our griefs” and “carried our sorrows,” and since He went through the most painful type of physical, mental, and spiritual suffering imaginable, we must come to this conclusion: that there is not ANY kind of pain nor ANY type of suffering that we can go through that Christ has not gone through before us. We have a God that can relate to us and sympathize with us (Hebrews 4:15). Isn’t that amazing? With His stripes we are healed.
Written by Erin Culleny. Erin Culleny serves as a Marketing Assistant and Staff Writer. She loves encouraging women through her Victory Calls and finds such joy in praying for her sisters in Christ. Her favorite activities include reading her Bible, encouraging others with scripture, buying new makeup, buying dresses, and eating at the Cheesecake Factory… In that order!
Daily Quote: “Even in the greatest afflictions, we ought to testify to God, that, in receiving them from his hand, we feel pleasure in the midst of the pain, from being afflicted by Him who loves us, and whom we love.” ~ John Wesley
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. – Galatians 2:20