by Jesse Hendley

Jesse M. Hendley
Isaiah 53

Let us turn now to Isaiah, the 53rd chapter. Today we
are taking up Christ, Our Healer, and the passage is
found in verse 5. "By His stripes we are healed."
Those six words you will want to keep before you. Also
you will want to keep in mind Exodus 15, "I am the
Lord that healeth thee." And Psalm 103 "Who forgiveth
all thine iniquities and who healeth all thy
diseases." Psalm 107, "The Lord is good and His mercy
endureth forever." It is good to meditate on these
passages referring to divine healing.

I wonder if Isaiah 53 is not the most outstanding
passage in the Old Testament when it comes to the Lord
Jesus Christ. Someone has called this book "The Gospel
of Isaiah" because it is so evangelical. It tells us
about Jesus dying for us, just as the Gospels do. In
the great heart of this Book is Isaiah 53. And in the
heart of Isaiah 53 we have the core of all 66 chapters
of the Bible. In the middle of this great chapter we
read, "With His stripes we are healed." The reference
is to Christ, our Healer.

You remember Acts, chapter 8, where the Ethiopian
eunuch was riding along reading in the book of Isaiah.
Phillip heard him reading and asked, "Do you
understand what you are reading?" And the eunuch said,
"I don't know of whom he is speaking." Phillip then
told him that the reference was to Jesus Christ. This
great 53rd chapter of Isaiah presents a picture of the
Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ. There is not a more
graphic picture of the crucifixion than this chapter
or Psalm 22. "With His stripes we are healed." The
word HEALED means to cure and to bring into
well-being. Literally, "it has been healed to us." It
means we have been pardoned and that there is healing
to the body, soul and spirit.

Now this 53rd chapter of Isaiah is primarily Israel's
FUTURE CONFESSION OF CHRIST. Isaiah is sneaking as in
the future for Israel. "Who hath believed our re ...

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