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Help for Hurting People
Help For Those Who Are Sick
If you have your Bible I want to invite you to turn to Isaiah chapter 53. And today we are thinking about help for people who need healing, "Help For Those Who Are Sick." I believe God has help for those who are sick, those who are sick in mind, those who are sick in body, those who are sick in spirit. I believe God provides physical healing, spiritual healing, emotional healing, and psychological healing. And today here is a tremendous verse on the atonement. We call Isaiah 53 the gospel in miniature because it gives us the gospel of Christ in this chapter and it is a beautiful picture of Jesus written some seven hundred years before His birth.
This passage of scripture describes the atonement of Christ. How the chastisement of our peace was laid upon Him. How He was wounded for our iniquities, bruised for our iniquities, and wounded for our transgressions. And how by the stripes that were laid on His back, we are healed, that is to the shedding of His blood. There is a great question that theologians have debated a long, long time. And that is, is there healing in the atonement? There are those who say, yes God heals today because the Bible says by His stripes we are healed. I want to tell you, it is true that every lesson we have comes to the cross and through the atoning blood that Jesus shed on that cross two thousand years ago. Every thing we have from God has to come by the way of Calvary. And that includes the blessing of healing and the blessing of answered prayer. And today I hope that we will get a glimpse of the fact that even though we were wounded, even though you and I know what it is to be bruised, even though you and I know what it is to suffer, even though you and I know what it is sometimes to be chastised and go through difficult times, none of us can ever know the anguish that Jesus suffered for us on the cross. It is through His strip ...
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