Part 3: Experience Change – “Healing”
This series is dealing with the question “What’s Next” for my life, spiritually.
We are all somewhere on a spiritual graph, progressing on a pathway. When we have clarity in our lives, the problems become mere distractions. Proverbs 29:18 (MSG). This leads to a blessed life: happy, content, fulfilled, to be envied.
Following Jesus will help us experience real joy, peace, and fulfilment. We should all Know God, Experience Change, Discover Purpose and Make a Difference
All through the Bible we find that relationships are so very important to our healing (Jam. 5:16). God’s system is honesty, transparency, and relationships. We experience this freedom through relationships, but another powerful way is in the cross of Jesus (Tit. 2:14).
The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 1:18,
“The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God.”
There is power in the blood of Jesus Christ.
Isaiah over 800 years before Jesus’ death on the cross wrote:
“But He was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed” (Isaiah 53:5).
This is what Jesus did for us, He was: pierced, crushed, beaten and whipped. These are the four wounds of the crucifixion and what He went through for us.
When the Romans took a prisoner, they first scourged him with a whip with nine leather strands. On each strand of horse hair they would tie bone, glass, stones, and wire. Many never made it to the cross – they would die under the scourging.
Isaiah tells us why Jesus received these 39 excruciating lashes.
1. The whip represents change in our bodies
“By His wounds we are healed.” Jesus paid the price for our sicknesses. He is our great Physician today (1 Peter 2:24). He was whipped and mocked.
But throughout all this, He never spoke. He was like a lamb going to the slaughter, innocent and quiet.
2. The thorns represent freedom and change in our minds.
The crown of thorns created pain and pressure in His head. Stress, anxiety, depression has been taken by Jesus. “The punishment that brought us peace was on Him.” Jesus over 2,000 years ago freed us from negative emotions that can drive us crazy and cause us to experience nervous breakdowns.
John 14:27 says, “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.’
Jesus did not come just to bring us to Heaven, but so we can have peace here on earth. Therapy and counselling are all good – but what Jesus offers is better by far.
3. The nails brought forgiveness to all our wrongdoing.
They nailed His hands and feet to the cross, bending His knees so He would suffocate.
Hands – things I did wrong.
Feet – wrong places I went.
“He was pierced for our transgressions.”
Forgiveness, freedom, change from all my wrongdoing.
Jesus not only forgives us from the sins of our past, but He no longer remembers them (Heb. 8:12).
4. The spear speaks of healing of a crushed heart.
After Jesus died a Roman soldier took a spear and ran it through the heart of Jesus. Isaiah says, “He was crushed for our iniquities…” There are tragedies that some of you went through that have crushed your heart. Jesus knew you would go through that. When you come to Jesus, He will give you back your joy. Only He can give us full joy!
“He heals the broken-hearted and bandages their wounds.”
“But He was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. 6 All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on Him the sins of us all.”
This sermon was preached by Pastor Elio Marrocco on September 22, 2019 at New Life Christian Church