Healing —What Should We Expect?
“Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. 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 53:1-5
“For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” 1 Peter 2:21-24
Surely, Jesus was born for us and He lived as a man for us. He taught, worked miracles, wrought signs and wonders and did a host of things, too numerous to mention, all for us. We live and have the promise of eternal life because He also died for us. But the Scriptures tell us that among all the things He did for us He also suffered for us. Now, consider this. He died so that we can live, He became sin so that we might become His righteousness. He became poor that we might be rich. He suffered for us so that we can overcome suffering.
He suffered for us to show us how to overcome criticism, rejection, disappointment, false accusation, abuse, dismissal, unfairness, aggression and evil oppression of all kinds. So, what was His example? How do we overcome these things?
First. He did no sin.
That is our heart’s desire, to live holy and sinless lives before Him and the world. But we can only do that by the power of the Holy Spirit working in us. So, God did not leave that up to us to do on our own, because He knows our human nature is drawn to sin, but our reborn spirit resists it. So, God sent the Holy Spirit to work in us, not only to want to be sinless but to be sinless.
“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Philippians. 2:13
Second. No guile was found in His mouth.
Though the term is rarely used today it perfectly describes the kind of things going on in politics, in news reporting and commentary, in media entertainment and all kinds of advertising.
GUILE — deceptiveness, deceit, fraud, trickery, duplicity, dishonesty, insidious cunning in attaining a goal
Jesus did not use manipulative devices or lies, deceptions, trickery or any such thing in all that He said and did. He did not tailor His message to curry the favor of anyone nor to gain the approval of those who opposed Him. He spoke the truth in love and nothing else. His Words were and are Spirit and Life.
Third. When He was reviled He did not revile in return.
REVILE — criticize in an abusive or angrily insulting manner, scold, upbraid, berate
Our natural tendency is to meet reviling with greater reviling. When someone verbally attacks us, our natural instinct is to throw it right back at them, but with even more intensity and anger than we received from them. We want justice when we have been wronged and we want it at the strongest degree it can be judged. But that was not Jesus’ way. He did not let the revilers get to Him. He did not let their words or actions determine His response. Instead He committed himself to God to judge the situation.
Finally, He, Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we being dead to sin should live unto righteous. The emphasis here cannot be over stated. “He”, “His own self,” “in his own body,” points to the person of Jesus not as a metaphor or some mere symbolic representation but as a man Who endured the actual suffering of scourging, beatings, and brutal torture in His body. And He did it all for us so that we would not have to. By His stripes, by His wounds we are healed.
So, what can we expect? We can expect healing and life, and that more abundantly when we pray. Not because our prayers are so perfect and powerful, quite the contrary. It is in our very weakness that His strength is made perfect in us.
“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
For the record, Paul the Apostle was not a masochist. He gloried not in the infirmities because he loved pain and suffering, but rather he gloried in the power of Christ resting upon him, knowing that the Spirit of the Lord was with Him an in that he had liberty and freedom from his circumstance.
"Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” 2 Corinthians 3:17
God gave us healing at the same time He gave us salvation and both came through the blood of Jesus Christ our Lord. Our opponent in both are the same, the lies and deceptions, the cunning and craftiness of the devil. But he has no claim on us, because we are sealed with the mark of the blood of our dear LORD. As we have hope and confident expectation in our salvation through faith in Jesus Christ we may also have hope and confident expectation in our healing by faith through in that same blood that cleanses us from all sin.
We are saved and we are healed by grace through faith in Jesus Christ our Lord. So, we pray with confidence and hopeful expectation.
Father, in the name of Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord, I pray now for healing for everyone reading this prayer and joining with me in it, that by the stripes of Jesus Christ our Healer and Lord we are healed. I speak to broken bodies, to all kinds of sickness and disease in this body to be healed and made completely whole now in the name of Jesus. I speak to friends and loved ones, be healed now in the name of Jesus. I speak to broken relationships, be restored now in the name of Jesus. I speak to addictions and bondages of all kinds, be broken now in Jesus’ name. I speak blessing and prosperity to those who are in want and I speak peace, quietness, and rest to those who are in turmoil. I speak the love of God over your household today and the peace of God that passes all understanding to keep your heart and your mind through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Thank You Father, for You immeasurable, uncontainable, unfathomable mercy, grace and love. Thank You, for Your sure answer to our prayer now, and it is in the name of our Mighty Savior, Lord and King, Jesus Christ, I pray, AMEN and AMEN.