By His stripes, you have spiritual healing (i.e., restored favor not healing for your body). Above all, Jesus gave a spiritual solution to a spiritual problem. He did not suffer and die to heal our bodies!
STM Bible Lesson
Lesson focus: Isaiah 53:4-6 (5). Bible lesson background: Many misunderstand Isaiah 53:5. Particularly “(with) by His stripes we are healed”. As a matter of fact, many believe this is speaking of healing for sickness, disease, or physical conditions. Do you?
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 (NKJV)
Transgressions – H6588 פֶּשַׁע pesha` (peh’-shah) n-m. a revolt or rebellion against God (religious).
Iniquities – H5771 עָוֹן `avon (aw-vone’) n-m. wickedness of mind or heart; absence of religious feeling and principle; sin. Total depravity.
Healed (Isaiah 53:5) – H7495 רָפָא rapha’ (raw-faw’) v. רָפָה raphah (raw-faw’) of hurts of nations involving restored favour (fig).
Jesus was pierced (wounded) in His side for our wrong-doings (transgressions). This refers to what happened to Jesus on the cross [see John 19:31-37 (34)].
But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. John 19:34 (KJV)
Jesus suffered to save (heal) us
He was beaten (scourged) [see Matthew 27:26-30; Mark 15:15-19; John 19:1-3] for our sins (iniquities). Again, this refers to His treatment before His death on the cross.
- Matthew 26:28
- For this is my blood of the covenant, which is shed for many for the forgiveness of sins.
- 1 Corinthians 15:3
- For I delivered to you as of first importance that which I received, that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures.
- Galatians 1:4
- Jesus gave himself for our sins to free us from this evil world we live in. This is what God our Father wanted.
- 1 Peter 3:18
- For Christ suffered once for people’s sins [to be forgiven]. [It was the case of] a righteous Man suffering for unrighteous people, so that He could bring you [or, “us”] to God [for salvation]. [Though] He [i.e., Jesus] was put to death physically, He was brought back to life by the Holy Spirit [Note: Some translations say “in spirit”]. (AUV)
Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him. 2 And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe, 3 And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands. John 19:1-3 (KJV)
Jesus suffered on the cross for your salvation (healing). In other words for your spiritual healing not physical.
Barnes’ Notes: [We are healed] literally, it is healed to us; or healing has happened to us. The healing here referred to, is spiritual healing, or healing from sin. Pardon of sin, and restoration to the favor of God, are not unfrequently represented as an act of healing.
Problem: Sin; Solution: Jesus
Jesus took upon Himself our sins [when] His body was placed upon the cross so that we, [through] dying to [i.e., giving up] the sinful life, would live for righteousness. You were healed [from your sins] by His being brutally treated. 1 Peter 2:24 (AUV)
Healed (1 Peter 2:24) – G2390 ἰάομαι iaomai (ya’-o-mai) v. to make whole i. e. to free from errors and sins, to bring about (one’s) salvation.
The spiritual problem: SIN; separates you from God. Restore us, O God; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved. Psalm 80:3 (NIV) The spiritual solution: JESUS; by His stripes, reconciles you to God. It’s your sins that have cut you off from God. Because of your sins, he has turned away and will not listen anymore. Isaiah 59:2 (NLT)
The Bible Exposition Commentary: Old Testament by Warren W. Wiersbe: The “healing” in Isaiah 53:5 refers to the forgiveness of sins, not the healing of the body (1 Peter 2:24; Psalms 103:3). Sin is not only like a burden, but it is also like a sickness that only God can cure (Isaiah 1:4-6; Jeremiah 30:12; Nahum 3:19).
The road to the cross
Jesus was beaten, mocked, spit on, and pierced for your sins. In fact, He did this so you can be restored to God’s favor! Jesus was given to die for our sins. And he was raised from death to make us right with God. Romans 4:25 (ICB)
Matthew 27:15-56; Mark 15:6-41; Luke 23:13-38; John 18:39-19:30.
Pilate told some of the soldiers to beat Jesus with whips. from Matthew 27:26 (ICB)
By His stripes, salvation came
Why did Jesus come to live and die on Earth? Of course, the simple answer is to “save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21; John 3:16). It is a true saying, in which all may put their faith, that Christ Jesus came into the world to give salvation to sinners, of whom I am the chief: 1 Timothy 1:15 (BBE)
What a loving God! Who put on flesh, suffered, and died to restore favor. At one time you were separated from God. You were his enemies in your minds, because the evil you did was against him. 22 But now he has made you his friends again. He did this by the death Christ suffered while he was in his body. He did it so that he could present you to himself as people who are holy, blameless, and without anything that would make you guilty before him. Colossians 1:21-22 (ERV)
Finally, my friends when you read or think of Isaiah 53:3 remember, Jesus suffered and died for you. To free you from sin and its penalty. By His stripes, you are healed (spiritually and not physically). Blessings to you and your loved ones—♥ Tim. ☺
Related Bible studies:
See what is available on the Sound Truth Ministry website.
Note: parenthesis (#) encloses the key verse(s).
Isaiah 53:4-6; 1 Peter 2:18-25 (24); Romans 4:13-25 (25); Matthew 1:18-25 (21), 1 Timothy 1:12-17 (15), and 1 John 2:28-3:10 (3:5)