It’s been so good this week to focus on Jesus’ power over sickness. It shouldn’t surprise us that our Creator is able to heal us, but it’s a reminder I need often. In this life we will inevitably be affected by physical ailments, whether our own or those of people we love, so this is a truth we need to get our heads around.
We serve a God who can heal the human body in an instant. Sometimes we have more faith in car manufacturers than we do in Jesus. We trust that when our cars break down, the manufacturer can fix it because the manufacturer made it. We can trust that God knows exactly what we need and He is a good Father.
But we also serve a God that put on a body Himself. Isaiah 53 tells us that Jesus took our sicknesses and removed our diseases. Jesus is the suffering servant. The full passage in Isaiah 53 (and I’d encourage you to read it today) uses the language of disease metaphorically to indicate how the Messiah will suffer as a substitute for sin. Deliverance on a physical level symbolizes deliverance on the spiritual level. “By his wounds, we are healed.”
All of us need more than just physical healing. We need a radical, God-given transformation, and therein lies the power of the gospel. “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.” (Romans 1:16)
Jesus has power over creation, power over darkness, power over sickness, and power over sin. This means that Jesus’ healing miracles pointed beyond themselves to the cross. On the cross, He took the punishment and payment for our sins and made a way for us to be made right with God. The cross boldly announces that the saving reign of God has begun through Jesus’ work. He invites all who are sick or oppressed to come: “Come and be healed!”
As we near Easter Sunday, read through Isaiah 53 as a reminder of the Savior we worship. Let that guide your prayers to HIm today.