Healing Is Provided For Us In The Atonement Of Christ
Healing is provided for us in the atonement of Christ. Let me show you the evidence.
The Passover sacrifice offered by the Israelites the night that the firstborn of Egypt died is a type of Christ. Notice 1 Corinthians 5:7: Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.
In Exodus 12 you find that the Israelites were instructed to eat the flesh of the Passover lamb to give them strength for their journey out of Egypt. This is a type of Jesus being the life and health of our physical bodies.
In 2 Chronicles 30, the Israelites were healed while partaking of the Passover sacrifice: But King Hezekiah prayed for them, and they were allowed to eat the Passover meal anyway, even though this was contrary to the requirements of the Law. For Hezekiah said, “May the Lord, who is good, pardon those (19) who decide to follow the Lord, the God of their ancestors, even though they are not properly cleansed for the ceremony.” (20) And the Lord listened to Hezekiah’s prayer and healed the people (2 Chronicles 30:18-20 -NLT)
In Numbers 21: 8-9, the Israelites were healed while they looked at a serpent that God had Moses put on a pole and held up for all to see. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.” So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.
Jesus referred to this serpent on a pole as Himself being made our sin in John 3: 14: And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up. If the type, the serpent on the pole, brought healing to every Israelite that gazed upon it, how much more will Jesus, the antitype (the fulfillment of the serpent on the pole), minister healing and life to those who come to Him!
Then in Isaiah 53, the great redemptive chapter, we find healing clearly shown in the sacrifice of the Messiah. He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows (pains) and acquainted with grief (sickness). And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses) and carried our sorrows (pains); yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.
The words sorrows and griefs should be translated respectively pains and sicknesses in these verses! Any concordance will show this truth. When Jesus bore our sins, he also bore our sicknesses. He dealt with both the sin and sickness problem with the same sacrifice at Calvary!
Some folk tell us that Isaiah 53:3-5 is speaking figuratively of our spiritual sins and our spiritual sickness. And that the healing mentioned in Isaiah 53:5 is really spiritual healing. But we don’t need spiritual healing, we need spiritual transformation! We don’t get healed spiritually; we become new creatures in Christ Jesus!
The Father obviously knew that some people would try to spiritualize the healing mentioned in Isaiah 53 and He left us a Divine commentary. Notice Matthew 8: 16-17 (It refers directly to Isaiah 53:4): When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.”
Exercise your faith in the Father to heal you today. Believe you receive the healing that Jesus provided in His sacrifice for you. With His stripes you are healed!