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Devotional - week of January 9, 2005


BY HIS STRIPES WE ARE HEALED

… And by His stripes we are healed.  Isaiah 53:5

Isaiah 53 is known as the greatest prophecy about Jesus in the Old Testament. Much of it is about the crucifixion of Jesus. In the fifth verse alone His crucifixion is mentioned four times. The fourth reference is, “… by His stripes we are healed.”  

Many sincere believers have not been healed of some physical ailment so how are they to understand the statement?

Consider the many believers who know they are children of God but who also confess their need of inner healing. Many identify with Paul’s cry of Romans 7:15:

For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do.

We commit sins that we hate. We are unable to do things we desire to do even though we know we should do them.

Believers can be paralyzed by fear, anger, hate, jealousy, and resentment. As to Christian service, we can be paralyzed by a lack of faith and love.

We need healing. It is “… by His stripes” that we can have that healing. We must genuinely desire victory over sin in our lives and we must desire power to live out God’s will for our lives.

In addition to our desire for healing we must understand that Jesus died and was raised as “The Last Adam.” When we entered His race, our old man of spiritual failure was crucified and we were spiritually raised. 

Also, we must know that we can experience our crucifixion, burial, and resurrection by obeying the five commands of Romans 6:11-13.

The healing of the inner man begins when one becomes a Christian and continues as these truths are accepted and the five commands are continually obeyed.

The medical world has discovered that when we have inner healing, we also often have physical healing.