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Experiencing His Compassionate Wholeness (3 of 4)
Series: Experiencing the Passion
Isaiah 53: 3-5
OPEN: This week, on Thursday the 22nd, the Red Cross will be having a blood drive at the Knights of Columbus Hall over on 17th???
Several years ago, the Red Cross in small Oklahoma town posted signs all over town with these words:
I gave my blood - Christ gave his.
I gave a pint - He gave all.
The needle is small, sharp - The nails were large, dull.
The table soft, restful - The cross rough, painful.
The nurses kind, gentle - The soldiers cruel, mean.
The crowd applauds my sacrifice.
"They that passed by reviled him."
Mine is for O Positive.
His for positively all.
Mine, at best, will prolong a life for a while.
His, without doubt, can save all forever.
APPLY: In Isaiah 53:5 tells us “by His wounds we are healed”
I. That’s an interesting phrase – “by His wounds we are healed”
Note that it didn’t say “by His words you are healed.” In His earthly ministry, Jesus would often heal people by simply saying something. Like the time when He healed a paralytic:
"I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home." Luke 5:24
Other times, Jesus healed people by His touch, like the time Jesus healed Peter’s Mother-in-law.
Matthew 8:15 tells us “He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him.”
He spoke and brought physical healing. He touched people and they were physically healed…
But Isaiah doesn’t tell us that “by His WORD you are healed” or “by His TOUCH you are healed…”
He said: By His wounds we’d healed!”
What is it about His wounds, that would heal us???
Isaiah 53 goes into great detail about Jesus’ wounds. Look again at verses 4-5:
“Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, ...
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