by Stan Coffey

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Healing For Physical Needs
The Significance of Suffering
Stan Coffey

Isaiah 53:4- 5 -- (4) "Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
(5)But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed."

I want you to notice that last phrase, "And with his stripes we are healed." Peter also mentions this in the book of I Peter when it talks about the cross of Jesus and he says, "By whose stripes you are healed."

The question often comes, "Is there healing in the atonement?" and I want to say, "Yes, there is healing in the atonement." You will never find a more beautiful picture of Jesus as when Jesus is healing the sick and healing those who were oppressed by the devil.

You find, many times, Jesus opened blinded eyes and He straightened crooked limbs and Jesus raised the dead and healed all manner of sickness and disease.

One of the great ministries God has given to a New Testament church is a healing ministry, not only the healing of the spirit but the healing of the body.

So as we think about sickness this morning, we can think of many friends who are sick. We can think about people who have been ill for a long time. We can think about people of whom we have just heard who are ill. We can think about people who's cancer was in remission, and then we've just heard recently that the cancer has come back. So, the question comes, what about sickness? Why are Christians sick? Does God want every believer to be healed?

I want to answer those questions in this message today as we think about, "By His stripes we are healed. Surely He hath carried our griefs and He hath born our sorrows, the chastisement of peace was upon Him. He was wounded for our transgressions."

Whatever illness or pain that you go through, the Lord Jesus Christ experienced that pain and ...

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