By His Stripes You Are Healed!

Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. 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 53:4–5

According to the words God spoke through the prophet Isaiah, Jesus – when He was crucified – not only bore the penalty of our sins on His body, He paid for our sickness as well.

The prophet says that “by His stripes we are healed”.

Jesus showed that this was true when He walked the earth as a human being. He healed every person who came to Him; He turned nobody away.

It is important to remember that when Jesus walked the earth He did so as a man; He was filled with the Holy Spirit, and He was led by Holy Spirit, because He was modeling for you and me how we are to live our lives.

In other words, He was teaching us to do what He did.

So ask yourself this question: if we are supposed to do what Jesus did, how are we to respond to those around us who are sick?

If you have been trained by the modern American church, you have probably already made an excuse in your mind about why you are not qualified to heal the sick. You've probably heard it explained away, usually with some comment to the effect that we are not Jesus. We are not able to do the same works that He did – that's what some will say.

While the evidence seems to confirm that idea, and I certainly am still working on raising the dead and walking on water, I also know that the Bible clearly teaches that we are to believe God's truth, and not the evidence of the world.

Jesus clearly taught that we, His followers, would do “greater works” than He. Not even works that are “equal to” ones He did, but “greater works”!

My proposal is that we have an assignment. And that is to keep on receiving the abundance of grace, and the gift of God's righteousness, until we begin seeing those “greater works”. It is after all, the mission which He gave to us.

A good place to start might be… to heal the sick.

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  • David Simone

    Always love to read your thoughts, Ray.

  • Ben Settle

    You know what is kind of ironic about this, Ray?
    These days if you heal the sick (in the US, at least), you would probably get fined or imprisoned by the feds for not having a medical license of some kind. In which case it is probably a good idea to do something else Jesus commanded when He was healing the sick:

    Tell people you heal not to tell anyone what you just did… 

    (Luke 8:49-56)

    • Probably not an accident He gave us that model to follow!

  • Guset

    I don’t believe you are wrong Ray.
    I also suspect I won’t be the only one who senses you’ve moved ahead of me here.

    Would you be so kind to expand on the practical applications of this? A workable example or two would go a long way.

  • David Fitch


    I am encouraged that a person in the IM space is willing to be unabashedly Christian. Praise the Lord.

    Keep the Faith.

    David Fitch

    • Thank you David. I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

  • In order to “do the greater works” it is required that we emulate the most potent part of the life of Christ…his connectedness with the Father through daily fellowship and unwavering faith. We must be connected to the power source in order to disseminate that power.  Every morning “a great while before day” Jesus, Son of Man – “plugged in” to the Father in prayer, praise, worship and supplication. “In His presence is fullness of joy.” Being in the presence of GOD is like jumping into a pool of water…you cannot help but get wet! In the presence of GOD, you cannot help but be immersed in His power. And outside of that, we are OUTSIDE of that, LOL. Like a most expensive toaster – A top of the line all frills motorized marvel – It can toast to perfection on both sides, etc. But, if it isn’t plugged in, it has the POTENTIAL to be and do all that it was designed to be and to do. But unplugged from its source of power, it is impotent…beautiful perhaps…but impotent, powerless, useless for the purpose for which it was created. That is why Jesus said, “apart from me, you can do no-thing” But, “*with GOD* all things are possible to him that believes”

    The point being: I can sit *around* Christendom all day but it is only by plugging in to GOD, as Christ did in His earthly walk, that I manifest the same power that He did in the earth. If we don’t plug in, we can lay impotent hands upon the sick and nothing will happen. If we have nothing to impart…nothing is transferred.

  • Amen. Today’s church has watered down Christ’s teachings out of fear and misunderstanding. It’s time to return to the Word – personally, in our churches and across our nation. Jesus redeemed us from the curse – and the curses includes every sickness. We were healed (I Peter 2:24) by His victory more than 2000 years ago.

  • Diane Eble

    Thanks for this, Ray! I feel I am doing exactly that, as a certified coach/practitioner of a new healing mode that I believe is God’s gracious gift “for such a time as this.” It’s explained in the best-selling book by Dr. Alex Loyd,  The Healing Code. I’ve had very interesting results with it, including a hole in my heart being closed up (called a PFO). I think Dr. Alex Loyd’s discovery in 2001 of a new paradigm for health and healing (that is more compatible with Scripture than western medicine), is the start of healing the true source of all our ills–the lies hidden in the heart. Healing is a matter of allowing Jesus the Truth to shed his life-giving light on those dark places of the heart and replace them with his truth, and when that happens, healing of all kinds takes  place.

  • ” I certainly am still working on raising the dead and walking on water”…  I love it!

    I definitely agree…  when I observe where we are as a church in North America today, there’s something within that states, “There MUST be MORE!”  We’re hungry for it, and I don’t think that we’re alone.