March 21, 2018.    Pastor Charles
5 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.
Isaiah 53:5

15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
Hebrews 4:15 (KJV)

“…By His stripes we are healed.” What a popular portion of the Bible among believers. When we read, hear or say this, we often think of how Christ was beaten. We try to imagine the stripes on His back. The whip used on Jesus was probably the Roman flagrum – a whip with multiple thongs at the end of the handle and with lead balls, jagged bits of bone, nails and other things necessary for creative torture. The soldiers using the whip would strike the victim and tug at the whip sharply to ensure that huge chunks of flesh were ripped out each time. The Bible says, “…there is no beauty that we should desire him” (Isaiah 53:2). He was not a sight to behold at all. Some men have tried to paint a picture of Christ’s suffering and the best an artist can do is paint a Man in a loincloth who has been so thoroughly whipped that there is blood everywhere. No human artist or movie producer can really capture the essence of the torture Jesus went through. He was disfigured beyond recognition. You can only truly paint that picture by revelation.

To appreciate how ugly Jesus became, on the cross, think of putting cancer, AIDS, leprosy, stroke, kidney conditions, liver disease, arthritis, and every other ugly disease (and there’s no disease that is not ugly) known and unknown to man, on the flesh of one Man. If you see such a man, and you can even recognize him, you may be so disgusted that you may not be able to eat for one month! That was the state of Jesus Christ. The reason He did that was because He is touched by the feelings of our infirmities.

Jesus has tasted any kind of sickness and disease that can ever be named in this world. He did that so that He can be an adequate Physician unto you. He bore your sicknesses and diseases, so that you don’t have to bear them anymore.

Confession: Jesus is my Physician. He bore every kind of sickness and disease for me so that He can be an adequate Physician unto me.