Isaiah 53:4-5 (ESV)
4 Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.
I once read a story, of a 90-year-old lady, who was in every bit of good health possible. She even did housework. Her secret? When she read Isaiah 53:4-5, she believed it with all her heart.
Isaiah 53:4-5 “Surely, He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows, yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes, we are healed”.
The word ‘griefs’ should actually be translated as ‘sicknesses’. It means all diseases. The word ‘sorrows’ should be ‘pains’ and include all types of pain – physical, emotional and mental. These are more accurate translations and closer to the original Hebrew words.
On the Cross, just as Jesus took our sin, curse, punishment, poverty – He also took our sicknesses and pains and gave us healing. He literally experienced a full load of our pains and He carried them away from us.
The 90-year-old had believed, early in life, that if Jesus bore her sicknesses, she didn’t need to bear them anymore!
She had already accepted Jesus as her Savior. One day, the Lord invited her, “Why don’t you accept me, today, as your Healer?” So, she had knelt down and accepted Jesus as her Healer. From that day on until she went home to be with the Lord, she enjoyed good health.
He desires us to live disease-free!
We don’t need to carry arthritis, cancer, diabetes, hypertension, asthma – you name it – anymore! Let Jesus be your strength.