Introductory Articles

2. Jesus Died for Our Sicknesses

In the last few verses of Isaiah 52 and the first part of Isaiah 53 we are given a description of the Suffering Servant, the Christ which would come and save the people from their sins and sicknesses. 

In the Good News translation, Isaiah 52:14 reads, "Many people were shocked when they saw him; he was so disfigured that He hardly looked human." 

In Isaiah 53:3 we are told, "We despised him and rejected him; he endured suffering and pain. No one would even look at him--we ignored him as if he were nothing."

". . . He endured the suffering . . ."

In Isaiah 53:4 we read, "But he endured the suffering that should have been ours, the pain that we should have borne." Verse 5 goes on to say, "But because of our sins he was wounded, beaten because of the evil we did. We are healed by the punishment he suffered, made whole by the blows he received." 

Most of us are familiar with this passage from the King James Version of the Bible, where the "healing connection" is less obvious: "Surely he hath borne our griefs [sicknesses], and carried our sorrows [pains]. . . he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of [the punishment for] our peace was upon him; and with His stripes [wounds] we are healed."

". . . and with His stripes we are healed."

Isaiah is describing here the suffering of the coming Messiah or Christ who would take away the sins of the whole world. He says, "And with his stripes [wounds] we are healed." Notice that the sin and sickness were taken care of at the exact same time: "He was wounded for our transgressions . . ." and "with his stripes we are healed."

This picture of the suffering of Christ is at the very core of all healing by faith. Because Jesus died for our sins, we can confess them and not be judged by God. Because Jesus died for our sicknesses, we can pray for healing and expect God to intervene on our behalf. 

Both forgiveness and healing have been provided in Christ's atonement. This is the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

                                                                                   --Mary Graff


"God's Word Brings Our Healing"