I don’t want to come across as ungrateful, because I know a lot of people mean well when they wish you the best. For that I am really grateful. I know a lot of my friends and family are Christian too, and I love to read any of their shared spiritual message. However, one particular verse just doesn’t sit well with me. And I don’t think it is because it is out of context in my favor, but I think it is just not understood in it’s full context. The verse I am talking about is found in Isaiah, chapter 53, verse 5 and only quoting the end of the verse, “by his stripes we are healed.”
What troubles me is that no one reads the beginning of the verse! For it clearly states this: 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.
Our transgressions, our sins, is what keeps us away from a loving relationship with God. I am not saying that God is going to punish you for your sins, we do that to ourselves. But the Bible says in Romans Chapter 3 verse 23 “for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God”. But that is to say that we can’t, because in Romans Chapter 2 verse 8 “for by grace are you saved thru faith, and that not of yourselves, it is a gift from God”. And it was God’s grace that enables us to have a relationship with Him because in John Chapter 3 verse 16, For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. THIS IS THE GIFT FROM GOD TO US!!!
And when you tie John 3:16 back to Isaiah 53:5, you see that the two are interlock and by his stripes we are more than just “healed”, we are saved by grace in order to have a better relationship with our Lord and God.
But do we stop there? I pray not, and instead we move forward to how David prayed when he was caught in a sin and the verse is found in Psalm Chapter 51 verse 10, “create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me”.
Even in all the miracles that you see Jesus perform, and I can be wrong, but I am sure that Jesus always said, “Your faith has made you well” and “Go and sin no more”. So it is our faith in Jesus, and God’s grace, that we are able to have a beautiful relationship with our Lord and God. And when we move towards God with Jesus, then we are healed mentally, spiritually and physically, We become as God intended us to be.