Healed By His Stripes

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King James Bible StudyAnd when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” – Mark 8:34

Date: Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Chapters: Isaiah 49-53
Message: Healed By His Stripes

Hello My Friend,

Anyone, Jew or Gentile, that questions whether or not Jesus is the Messiah who would come to save them spoken about since the first sin committed ought to be ashamed of themselves. The Scriptures are as clear as the nose on your face, in fact, every prophecy concerning Christ’s sinless death and burial has come to pass just as it was written centuries before it happened.

[Isaiah 53:8-12  He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.  9  And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.  10  Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.  11  He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.  12  Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.]

[and made intercession for the transgressors.] The blood of sheep and goats was never offered as a way to remove sin permanently, it was a way for a sinner to be forgiven of their transgressions, and be redeemed. If they sin again, they would have to do this over and over again, but Jesus became the intercessor, the one who would redeem a soul forever, and not only that, remove every sin. It is clear that Jesus was not just some prophet or preacher who was born a Jew some two thousand years ago, and died for his faith. As you read through the Book of Isaiah you discover that often it is actually Jesus speaking. In these next several chapters, it is actually Jesus speaking and He explains how God sent Him, why He sent Him, and who He sent Him to.

[Isaiah 49:1,3-6,22  Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name.  3  And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified.  4  Then I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain: yet surely my judgment is with the LORD, and my work with my God.  5  And now, saith the LORD that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the LORD, and my God shall be my strength.  6  And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth. 22  Thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people: and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders.]

[The LORD hath called me from the womb;] God sent Jesus from the womb of a Jew to be salvation for both Jew and Gentile. Jesus does more than save use from the pit, He preserves and helps us, releases us from the prison of our sin, gives us light to see in this dark world, and quenches our dry and parched soul.

[yet surely my judgment is with the LORD,] None of us are worthy, except for Jesus, to serve God and receive His blessings for a job well done because even on a good day, we fail Him. Nevertheless, He continues to use us because we are faithful and true in our faith. We do not need to be perfect for God to use us, we just need to be willing and repentant. Now, in the next chapter Jesus reveals more of what will happen to Him, speaking of how He will be despised and rejected, the humiliation He will face leading up to His crucifixion, but He also mentions how sinful we are, and that is why we cannot save ourselves.

[Isaiah 50:1,4-10  Thus saith the LORD, Where is the bill of your mother’s divorcement, whom I have put away? or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves, and for your transgressions is your mother put away. 4  The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.  5  The Lord GOD hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back.  6  I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.  7  For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.  8  He is near that justifieth me; who will contend with me? let us stand together: who is mine adversary? let him come near to me.  9  Behold, the Lord GOD will help me; who is he that shall condemn me? lo, they all shall wax old as a garment; the moth shall eat them up.  10  Who is among you that feareth the LORD, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the LORD, and stay upon his God.]

[or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? ] We owe a debt that we cannot pay, and even if we could afford to pay for every sin we ever committed, we still would never be able to pay it off. It is no wonder why we need the Saviour. Animal sacrifices were a way for a person to be pardoned of the debt, but it still remained on their record. What Jesus would do by His sacrifice would not only pardon sin, it would pay the debt owed, and remove it completely. Jesus goes on to explain how His righteousness saves us alone.

[Isaiah 51:5-7,12-13  5  My righteousness is near; my salvation is gone forth, and mine arms shall judge the people; the isles shall wait upon me, and on mine arm shall they trust.  6  Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath: for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner: but my salvation shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished.  7  Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings.  12  I, even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass;  13  And forgettest the LORD thy maker, that hath stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth; and hast feared continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor, as if he were ready to destroy? and where is the fury of the oppressor?]

[but my salvation shall be for ever,] Do you see how, by His sinless death, Jesus made salvation permanent? Not for righteousness that we have done, but by His righteousness we are saved. Amen! When we put our faith and trust in Christ alone to save us, then our salvation is forever. [the people in whose heart is my law;] Salvation is only granted to those whose heart believes that the Word of God is true. And through Isaiah, Jesus goes on to explain this further, while telling us to all wake up.

[Isaiah 52:1-3,7-10  Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean.  2  Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem: loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion.  3  For thus saith the LORD, Ye have sold yourselves for nought; and ye shall be redeemed without money. 7  How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!  8  Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the LORD shall bring again Zion.  9  Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem: for the LORD hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem.  10  The LORD hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.]

[and ye shall be redeemed without money.] Through our iniquities we have sold ourselves to the creditor, Satan himself, and for nothing, because all he will do is take us to hell with him. By Jesus sacrificing His sinless body, He paid that debt for us, and we never have to pay it back. Amen! We have been washed clean with His blood, removed of our sin stain filled garments, and put on the new clothes of Christ’s righteousness that He has given us without one single payment. Amen! Now, through Isaiah, we get a little more insight into what Jesus would look like, the live He would live, how man would see Him, His crucifixion, and the amazing purpose behind it.

[Isaiah 53:1-6  Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?  2  For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.  3  He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.  4  Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.  5  But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.  6  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.]

[But he was wounded for our transgressions,] When Jesus hung on that cross He bore every single sin of every single soul upon his body, it was covered with so much sin that God had to turn His face as to not look at him. His sacrifice, once and for all, satisfied God’s requirement needed to redeem a soul bound for hell permanently because of the debt that could never be paid, even if we gave ourselves as a sacrifice. And this goes all the way back to the first sin committed by Adam and Eve, [I Peter 2:21-24  For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:  22  Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:  23  Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:  24  Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.]

Today’s Prayer: Jesus, As much as I thank You for saving my soul from death and hell the second I trusted You as my Saviour, I still do not comprehend all that You have done for me. It is so overwhelming that You died for me to save me from something I deserve. Thank You, Jesus. I know there is nothing I can do to repay You, but I love You, and want to give honor to You by giving myself to You. You are my Lord and Saviour, there is no other, and I am glad that there is no other because You are all I need. Lord, Give me Your power, strength, mercy, and grace to endure all the trials, challenges, and afflictions I face as I seek to serve You as a living sacrifice. I ask these things in Your name, Jesus. Amen.

God Bless You, I am praying for you,

Christina

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