By His Stripes We Are Healed
Today the passage is from Isaiah 53. This chapter has been called the gospel in a nutshell. It has been called the John 3:16 of the Old Testament. It is a beautiful picture 700 years before Christ of what Jesus Christ came in to the world to do. It is a picture of Calvary 700 years before Christ is born. Isaiah saw Jesus come as the Lamb of God to lay down His life to be a propitiation, a payment, a satisfaction for the sins of the whole world, for your sins and for mine.
But we are going to find in the message today entitled ''By His Stripes We Are Healed'' that Christ not only came to save us from sin but He came to make us whole. He came because God is interested in making us whole. He is interested in the whole person. He is interested not only in getting us ready for heaven; He is interested in the now. He is interested in your life today. He came not only to save us from sin; He came to save us from our selves. And He came to make us a whole person, to give us life abundantly in this life.
And I think people of our denomination have not put too much emphasis on the spiritual; we have not put too much emphasis on the salvation of the soul because it is impossible to put too much emphasis on saving souls, amen? But we have not put enough emphasis on the fact that Jesus' death on the cross also has the power to make us a whole person. And that is what we are to look at today - ''By His Stripes We Are Healed''.
I. THE DISEASE WHICH DEMANDS OUR HEALING
Now as we look at this passage I want us to see three things this morning. First of all there is the disease which demands our healing. Then he describes a death that describes our healing and then he talks about a decision that delivers our healing.
First of all there is a disease that demands our healing - ''by His stripes we are healed''. This is the language of the physician. All of us know that healthcare is one of the largest busine ...
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