Summary: Jesus is our Lord and Saviour, we have the certain hope, the assurance, God has forgiven us of all our sins because of what Jesus has done on the Cross. The sacrifice of Jesus has paid the price for our salvation and also our healing.
Saved and Healed at the Cross of Christ
We continue in our series on Hope Found Here and this month our focus is on Hope in the Cross. If we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Saviour we have the certain hope, the assurance, God has forgiven us of all our sins because of what Jesus has done on the Cross.
On this healing and wholeness Sunday, I want to remind you, the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross paid the price for our salvation and also our healing.
1 Peter 2:24 says, “Jesus personally carried our sins in His body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By His wounds you are healed.”
At the Cross there is salvation and there is healing.
700 years before Christ went to the cross, God revealed to the prophet Isaiah the suffering and death Jesus would endure, he wrote in Isaiah 53:3-6, “He was despised and rejected — a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care. Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all.”
The price has been paid, the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross is sufficient for all who place their trust in Him.
When we repent, when we turn away from our sin and turn to Jesus as Lord and Saviour, all of our sins, past present and future are dealt with. By trusting in Jesus, the power of God cleanses and changes us, we are born-again. Jesus has paid the price for our redemption and our healing at the Cross.
Here is a wonderful truth, our God is a God of miracles. He created everything we see and everything we can not see.
He spoke this universe into existence, in Old Testament times people prayed for salvation and for healing and God answered. In Exodus 15:26, in the original Hebrew, God revealed His name is JEHOVAH RAPHA, or “I AM the LORD who heals you.” How could God reveal His intentions any more clearly to His people? God is the one who Heals and the one who saves.
In New Testament times when Jesus walked upon this earth He spoke and people were healed. Jesus never turned anyone away. In Matthew chapter 8, There was a man with leprosy who approached Jesus and knelt before Him. “Lord,” the man said, “if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.” Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” He said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared. (Matthew 8:2-3).
Throughout the Gospel narratives, there are examples of people who came from far and wide and spoke to Jesus and He healed them, He healed the sick, the blind, the deaf, the disabled, the leper, He even raised the dead back to life. Matthew 9:35 records how Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness.
He healed every kind of disease and illness. That means that if you or I had been there, He would have healed us as well.
In the book of Acts there are many accounts of God healing people. Over the last 2000 years, there have been many men, women and children who have prayed and been healed, physically, spiritually, emotionally, miraculously.
Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” It was His will to heal then, it is still His will to heal today. God’s ability to heal is not limited by time or geography. Friends, God still heals people today. God is healing people today. His desire to heal has not changed. His desire to save has not changed.
Salvation and Healing by placing our faith and trust in God is possible today.
Today we can proclaim the truth of the words of King David in Psalm 103:1-4, “Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise His holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things He does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies.”