Posted by Brad Quiring on August 15, 2017
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.
Isaiah 53 is a powerful chapter in the Bible because it announces Jesus coming to the earth, his death, resurrection and the reason why he came. Unfortunately Isaiah 53:5 is often misunderstood and misused to mean temporal physical healing as an inalienable right and result of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
In the first three verses of Isaiah 53 we see that the prophet Isaiah is continuing with a theme of a servant. A servant faithful to God who will bring salvation to God’s people. Later in the Bible we learn the full identity of this servant: Jesus Christ.
Jesus came into a world that was spiritual dry, he grew up from a baby to a man in a place where people were not following God or the Bible.
In contrast to the kings before him, Jesus did not possess physical attractiveness. There was nothing about his appearance or earthly background that would make you want to follow him. In the end he was despised and rejected by EVERYONE. He was not elevated to his proper place by people, rather he was considered a loser.
Yet this “unattractive Jesus” brings us salvation from our greatest enemy: sin and eternal death because of sin.
4 Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. 6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
The teaching here in the passage, the Whole Picture, is that Christ suffered and died for our true healing: healing from sin. By Christ’s wounds we are healed from the eternal sickness of sin and all its consequences.
What is this passage ACTUALLY teaching?
Christ took upon himself our pain and suffering, and we considered that it was deserved.
In verse 5 we find the clarification:
Pierced for our transgressions – Jesus was literally when nails were driven through his hands and feet on the Roman crucifixion cross. It was for our transgressions: our moral rebellion against God’s law and way
Crushed for our iniquities – Jesus was beaten and humiliated by the Roman soldiers and Jewish religious leaders. It was for our iniquities: our moral perversity and sin.
The punishment that brought us peace was laid on Jesus. Punishment is for sin and wrongdoing. The result of God’s punishment for our wrongdoing was our peace.
By his wounds we are healed. Wounds from piercing, crushing and punishment for sin. Therefore the healing has to do with the sin issue
Jesus’ suffering and death have to do with being a sacrifice for our sins and being punished for our rebellion against God. Through his suffering we are healed of our sins.·
We see in verses 10-12 that it was God’s will and plan to cause Jesus’ suffering in order to save us. Jesus’ life was made an offering for sin, to cover the demands of God that the wages of sin is death.
How should we respond?
Philippians 2:8-11 (NIV2011)
8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Jesus is your saviour and Lord. Will you believe and accept this fact?
The teaching that Christ’s physical suffering somehow guarantees our physical healing in this life is an abuse of Scripture. Many churchgoers have been disappointed with this message. Rather than longing for their heavenly home, they are gripped by unrealized expectations in the here and now. The sickness they struggle with leaves them feeling like failures who lack the necessary faith to claim the healing that’s rightfully theirs.
The fact that everyone still gets sick and dies should be proof enough that on this side of eternity all people are still subject to Adam’s curse. Sickness is a very real part of life in this fallen world, and no amount of claiming divine health is going to change that. But we hold on to the sure hope and guarantee that we read about in
Revelation 21:4 (NIV2011)
4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
So, yes, one day, we will experience full physical, mental, emotional and spiritual healing when God brings us to our new, promised home in Heaven:
Do you believe in the person and work of Jesus?