Surely he hath borne our griefs,
and carried our sorrows:
yet we did esteem him stricken,
smitten of God, and afflicted.
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.
Healed, how much? The word means thoroughly made whole. So then we should look beyond the physical and look at the total. In the New Testament Jesus took on the hard jobs, not just the scrapes and cuts that we endure in the course of our normal lives, but the deep wounds to our psychological well being as well as the most difficult of physical wounds and ailments. Jesus took on the incurable situations in our lives and dealt with them with ease.
All too often we seek medical help when we have the simplest problem and we slavishly do what they tell us, and yet how reluctant we are to do what Jesus tells us.
Salvation is the cure for the terminal illness of mankind, sin. Such an old fashioned word isn’t it, but until we are healed of our sin on a daily basis we don’t really know how sick we were. Our physical bodies can healed in the same way.
Isn’t it amazing just how much our whole attention is focused on a paper cut until it heals. A large wound is even more attention getting and can be quite debilitating. Sometimes we allow a surgeon to intentionally wound us to repair some inner problem in our bodies. We are commanded to rest and recover from major surgery unless we do more damage.
Jesus had major surgery performed on him so that we wouldn’t need to. His surgery killed him, just as it would have us. The pain and suffering caused him to concentrate on the healing.
And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.
Do you commend your spirit into God’s hand’s? You should! We are commanded to enter into His rest. After all, we have endured major surgery and had a huge tumor cut out of our hearts, the sin tumor.