Charles H. Spurgeon
With his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5).
Brethren, whenever we come to talk about the passion of our Lord-and that subject is clearly brought before us here by the two words, "his stripes"-our feelings should be deeply solemn, and our attention intensely earnest. Put off your shoes from your feet when you draw near to this burning bush, for God is in it. If ever the spirit should be deeply penitential, and yet humbly confident, it ought to be so when we hear the lash falling upon the divine and human person of our blessed Master, and see Him wounded for our transgressions, and bruised for our iniquities.
Stand still, then, and see your Lord and Master fastened up to the Roman column, and cruelly scourged. Hear the terrible strokes, mark the bleeding wounds, and see how He becomes a mass of pain even as to His blessed body. Then note how His soul also is flagellated. Hark how the whips fall upon His spirit, till His inmost heart is wounded with the tortures, all but unbearable, which He endures for us. I charge my own heart to meditate upon this solemn theme without a single wandering thought, and I pray that you and I may be able to think together upon the matchless sufferings of Incarnate Love until our hearts melt within us in grateful love to Him.
Remember, brothers and sisters, that we were practically there when Jesus suffered those terrible stripes.
Twas you, my sins, my cruel sins,
His chief tormentors were;
Each of my crimes became a nail,
And unbelief the spear.
We certainly had a share in His sorrows. O that we were equally certain that "with his stripes we are healed.'' You smote Him, dear friend, and you wounded Him; therefore, do not rest until you can say, "with his stripes I am healed." We must have a personal interest in this suffering One if we are to be healed by His stripes. We must get to lay our own hands upon this great sacrifice, and so accept it as being made on our beh ...
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