Friday, March 21, 2008

By His Stripes We Are.......What???

Have you ever wondered why Jesus was flogged by the Roman soldiers? This punishment was so severe that most of the flesh would have been stripped off his back. This suffering was not necessary to pay the penalty for our sin, as his death on the cross was sufficient for that.

Isaiah suggests that Jesus was beaten for our healing: "by his wounds we are healed" (Is 53:5). Given the amount of pain that is caused by sickness and disease, this seems to be a reasonable suggestion. However, although millions of people have claimed the benefit of Jesus death on the cross, very few have received the healing that was bought by his wounding by the Roman whip.

Maybe we need a better understanding of the salvation that Jesus prepared for his people. Unless we rediscover the healing power of Jesus stripes, his wounding appears to be being wasted.

1 comment:

Gene Redlin said...

I thought I had read much of what you wrote.

This was really good stuff.

I agree completely