Healing of the Lord # 5
We're going to continue our teaching on the subject of healing. Last week we looked at Jesus being a substitute for us.
I) In (2nd Corinthians 5:21) it says that God has made Jesus to be sin for us who knew no sin.
A) Turn over to Isaiah 53:4.
1) 1st of all the Word "BORNE" in this verse means, "TO CARRY OR TAKE."
2) Then he says that Jesus took up our "GRIEFS."
a) The Word "GRIEFS" in this verse comes from the Hebrew word which means "SICKNESS."
3) The next phrase which says, "And carried our sorrows," should literally be translated, "And carried our PAINS."
a) Just a little side thought here, according to my Strong's concordance the Word "PAINS" in here, refers to, "BOTH MENTAL PAINS AND PHYSICAL PAINS."
B) Now look at Isaiah 53:5.
1) In the first part of that verse it says that Jesus was "Wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities."
a) Transgressions and iniquities both refer to our sins.
b) Both of these verses (Isaiah 53:4-5) referred to Jesus being are substitute, taking upon himself our sickness, disease, and pain and also paying the price for our sins.
(i) This is all part of the redemptive work of the Lord.
C) (Galatians 3:13) says, "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us."
1) Again (Galatians 3:13) shows us that Jesus was our substitute.
a) The word "REDEEMED" in that verse means "PURCHASED."
(i) The first time that I ever had a knowledge or understanding of the Word "REDEEMED or REDEMPTION" probably goes back some 35 years ago.
(ii) How many of you remember the S and H green stamps or the blue chip stamps? (Explain).
(iii) You would go to the redemption center with your books, filled with stamps to redeem or purchase some item.
2) Jesus has also redeemed us and by doing so has set us free from the curse of the law.
a) Last week we already said that the curse of the law is "POVERTY, SICKNESS, AND DEATH."
(i) We already covered SICKNESS by showing that Jesus was our substitute and took our sicknesses upon himself.
(ii) And we already covered DEATH, SPIRITUAL DEATH, which is a RESULT OF SIN. And again Jesus was our substitute. He was made to be sin for us.
b) Well, what about POVERTY?
c) Look at 2nd Corinthians 8:9.
(i) Again it shows that Jesus was our substitute. He paid the price for us so that we can have God's best.
d) Some try to argue that the poverty and riches mentioned in this verse are not in the physical sense but in the spiritual sense.
(i) Now I do agree that it has taken place in the spiritual sense, but it is also taken place in the natural or physical realm.
e) The curse of the law and what we've been redeemed from basically comes from Deuteronomy chapter 28.
3) So let's turn there. I don't have time to read the whole chapter to you, but in this chapter you'll find the curse and the reverse of the curse.
a) JESUS being our substitute has REVERSED THE CURSE and now we have the blessings of God.
b) But right now I want look at Jesus REVERSING THE CURSE OF POVERTY.
c) Deuteronomy 28:11a.
(i) The Word "GOODS" in this verse can also be translated "PROSPERITY."
4) Jesus has reversed the curse and provided a perfect redemption, which includes LIFE AND SALVATION, HEALTH AND HEALING and PROSPERITY AND ABUNDANCE.
II) Now turn with the over to Matthew 8:17.
A) According to the Greek, the verb "TOOK" is a CONTINUOUS ACTION VERB, which means, JESUS TOOK OUR SICKNESSES as well as sins, YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND FOREVER.
1) He's still in the healing business.
B) (Deuteronomy 7:15) gives us another promise of healing, which says, "The Lord will take away from the ALL sickness."
C) Healing belongs to you, but let me ask you this question, "HOW GOOD YOU HAVE TO BE BEFORE YOU RECEIVE YOUR HEALING?"
1) How many hours to you have to pray before your healed? How many hours you have to spend reading the Word before your healed?
2) Healing is not based on our own merit or on how good you are.
a) If that was the case, none of us would be worthy to receive our healing or walk in health.
b) Our health and healing belongs to us because of Christ’s finished work on that cross and because of his love, compassion, and mercy.
(i) And we receive it by simply trusting God and His Word without wavering.
III) One of the reasons why many in the body of Christ don't receive their healing is due to a lack confidence in the Word of God.
A) From the Word of God we see that Jesus provided a perfect redemption.
1) In that redemption there is perfect healing, but many, either through a lack confidence or a lack of knowledge of the Word are still sick.
a) In (Hosea 4:6) the Lord said, "My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge." (Knowledge of the Word).
2) If we want to be healed in our bodies, we have to realize that there is miraculous working power in the Word of God.
B) In the book of Psalms we have another verse that promises healing, but this time healing is connected to the Word of God.
1) Let's turn to it Psalms 107:20.
2) The Moffatt translation makes it even clearer by saying, "He sent His Word TO heal them and preserve their life."
a) There is healing power in the Word.
C) Hebrews 4:12.
1) The Word being powerful, and really all-powerful, should not surprise us very much.
2) In (John 1:1) it says, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God."
a) And in (verse 14) it says, "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth."
b) Jesus is the Word of God.
c) When Jesus healed the sick, it was the same as the Word of God healing the sick.
D) I'm sure you remember the story of the lame man who was laid at the gate of the temple called Beautiful in (Acts 3). (Peter and John).
1) Acts 3:16
a) What is his name? In (Revelation 19:13) in reference to Jesus says that his name is "The Word of God."
b) Jesus and the Word of God are the same. He sent his Word to heal them or he sent Jesus to heal them. It's the same for Jesus is the Word of God.
2) How did this lame man in (acts 3) receive his healing?
a) It was through faith in the name of Jesus or it was through faith in the Word that was preached.
b) But notice that it was through faith: simply believing God and his Word that healed this man.
c) Also take note that the healing this man received was not based on his own merit, but was based on his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and the Word of God.
E) Turn to John 15:7.
1) He's telling us in that verse that if we have Jesus in our heart and we are in Him and if we have the Word of God in our hearts, then we can ask what we want or need and it will be given to us.
2) If we want healing from what ails us we have to have an integrity of the Word of God, knowing that the Word of God is the absolute truth.
3) Turn to 2nd Timothy 3:16. (God breathed).
a) The Word of God is the Will of God.
b) The Word of God is the power of God.
c) It was the Word of God and faith in the Word of God, which healed the lame man, and it's the same Word of God and faith in the Word that will heal your body.
WOLCC Sunday, January 10, 1999