Summary: When someone doesnt believe, that God is still in the Healing Business Today, it diminishes what Jesus did that day on the cross! Has anyone ever seen, The Passion of the Christ. Is there any doubt, as to whether Jesus did enough?
Healing, Gods Delivered Promise!
When Jesus died on the cross, it accomplished many things for us as believers, it opened the door to eternity for us.
When we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we became entitled to every benefit, His finished worked on the Cross brought with it!
That God had been wanting and waiting, to give us for a long time.
He forgave all our sins, past, present and future, plus promised to never remember them again.
Grace, Favor and Blessings were all provided for as well, at the cross.
I could go on, but the fact is, everything that we have need of, Jesus provided for us at the cross, when Jesus paid a debt He did not owe.
What I want to talk about this morning is, the Healing Power that came about and is available, because of the cross!
Yes, when Jesus died He took away our sins, but He also took our sickness and disease as well.
In Isaiah 53:4 NKJ we are told
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
Lets look for a moment at these two words griefs and sorrows.
Griefs; Webster says is: intense sorrow: great sadness, especially as a result of a death.
The Hebrew word translated "griefs" in this verse is choliy, which means "sickness".
The same word in the Hebrew is translated in other verses as sickness 12 times, disease 7 times, grief 4 times and sick 1 time.
When it says He bore our griefs it actually means He bore our sickness.
Jesus bore our sickness:
*mentally (guilt and oppression),
*and physically (every sickness known to man)
Jesus also carried our sorrows. The Hebrew word for "sorrows" is makob which means "pain, sorrow, pain (physical), pain (mental)".
Jesus took our pains, which are produced by sickness.
When you have a cold you know you have it by the symptoms.
But, you cant always see a sickness,
you cant taste a sickness or smell it.
The only way you know you have a cold is because of a stuffy head, or a scratchy throat and a achy body.
Jesus took the symptoms from you and bore them on the cross,
by bearing the sickness that caused the symptoms.
I heard a report a while back on healing and the report said that there were 39 root causes for every sickness and disease in the world.
Now if you werent a Christian, this information would probably not matter much to you.
But if you are child of the King, its interesting that this article should report 39 root causes for all sickness.
Two thousand years ago in the Roman empire, it was customary to whip criminals with an instrument called a " Cat of 9 tails".
The Cat of 9 tails had stone, bone and broken glass imbedded into the strips of leather used to beat a criminal.
When a person was beaten with this whip, the beating alone was often enough to kill the criminal.
The customary number of stripes given with this whip was 40 minus one, or 39.
The Roman soldiers considered it an act of mercy to deduct one stripe from the prisoner.
The interesting thing about this is that there are 39 root causes for every disease on planet earth.