365 Prophecies: Prophecy 240
By the Messiah’s sacrifice, He would bear the grief of our sicknesses in His body.
Old Testament Prediction:
Isaiah 53:4a Surely He has borne our griefs…
New Testament Fulfillment:
Luke 6:17-19 And He came down with them and stood on a level place with a crowd of His disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem, and from the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear Him and be healed of their diseases, as well as those who were tormented with unclean spirits. And they were healed. And the whole multitude sought to touch Him, for power went out from Him and healed them all.
One of the purposes of the Messiah was to bear the curse of our sickness upon His body, at the Cross, and deliver us from all sickness forever. This is widely debated amongst Bible commentators. You will find that opinions are about half against the Messiah bearing our sickness, and half for the Messiah atoning for our sickness.
Since all sickness is unnatural and caused as a direct result of sin, it is reasonable to assume that by the Messiah’s atonement on the cross, He was also removing our sickness.
A part of Jesus’ ministry was to heal everyone who asked Him. Both physical and spiritual healing by the Messiah was widely predicted in the Old Testament.
Isaiah 53:5 … And by His stripes we are healed.
Psalms 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds.
Isaiah 35:5-6 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, And the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then the lame shall leap like a deer, And the tongue of the dumb sing.
Isaiah 42:16 I will bring the blind by a way they did not know.
The greatest sickness that we all suffer from is sin. We might think of God’s hatred of sin as depriving us of the fun things which are available to us in this world. In reality, there are many things that we think are fun and satisfying which deprive us of an abundant and satisfying life.
A practical example of how sin deprives us of the life that God intended, is in the area of our greatest intimacy.
Fornication and Adultery deprive us of a profound intimacy that can only be experienced in the depth of a loving marriage relationship with one person, over the course of an entire lifetime. Those who give themselves to a lifetime of sexual escapades, in the end, have souls that are empty and unfulfilled. These individuals become bitter at life and often angry at those who used them for their own personal pleasure. The most joyous and fulfilling experience that a man or woman can find in their life is when they are deeply faithful, through marriage, to one person to whom they can give their entire self to.
Jesus bore in His body the griefs that you and I experience throughout our life. We have all made grave errors in the decisions that we make. Often these errors in our judgment leave us with a sense of hopelessness. Jesus came to take these many failures into His being and be punished for our sins. As a result, those who place themselves in Jesus as Lord and Savior, have their many mistakes removed from their record as if they never existed.
If you are still living with guilt from all of the terrible things that you have said and done in your life, you do not have to abide with this plague any longer. The promise made in this 240th Old Testament prophecy from Isaiah 53:4 is; the Messiah will bear all of our griefs in the sacrifice that He will make for us. Since Jesus has already died for all of our sins and He was raised to life on the third day, we have the assurance that when we surrender all our sins and failures to Him, He will take them all away and remove the guilt and suffering that we experience, as a result of committing them.
Can any of us imagine how horrible it was for Jesus to encompass Himself in the sins of every person, for all time?
If it was not for the fact that Jesus is the eternal God with a life of infinite worth, coupled with His sinlessness as a man, it would not have been possible for Him to bear the sins of all people. Because Jesus’ life is of infinite value, it has sufficient worth to redeem every person who has lived on the earth. He was able to offer His life in exchange for ours and pay the high price required for our redemption. God accepted Jesus’ sacrifice as the full payment for our sins, and in doing so, God justly punished Jesus for our sins. Since Jesus has been punished for our transgressions, we no longer are required to suffer the judgement and punishment for those sins, ourselves. How wonderful it is what God has done for us.
Psalms 103:8-14 The LORD is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. 9 He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever. 10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities. 11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; 12 As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. 13 As a father pities his children, So the LORD pities those who fear Him. 14 For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.