4Surely our sicknesses he hath borne, And our pains — he hath carried them, And we — we have esteemed him plagued, Smitten of God, and afflicted.
Isaiah 53:4 (Young’s Literal Translation)
When Jesus died at the Cross, he had not only taken all our sins, he took along the results of our sins which include sickness and poverty. In this article, we shall study deeper into the result of his acts in bearing our sickness.
What does God mean when he says Jesus bore our sickness? Obviously, we don’t have to bear any sickness anymore. We are free from every sickness from as minor as flu or fever to as serious as terminal disease. No sickness has the right to oppress us.
However, there are still many Christians who are sick. Does this means Jesus’ works in bearing our sickness is no longer valid? If you really believe in that, then you must also believe that God’s requirement for Christians to be truthful is no longer valid because there are Christians who cheated. So, how do we explain why Christians get sick? The answer is our sickness is illegal. If you are sick right now, you need to be aware that this sickness has no right to oppress you. You have God given right to drive it away.
Think of the example of illegal immigrants. In Singapore we have strict laws against foreigners working here and overstaying unless they have the necessary work permit or employment pass. However, there are people from other countries who entered Singapore with social visit pass (which allow them to stay in Singapore for a limited time but not allowed to work for wages), but they chose to work illegally and stayed beyond the allowable days in Singapore. They have become illegal immigrants.
Now, does the existence of illegal immigrants in Singapore shows that the immigration laws in Singapore to be invalid? Certainly, not. If you see illegal immigrants in Singapore, the problem does not lie with the law. It lies in the enforcement of the law. The government will have to improve in the enforcement to ensure the law is kept.
Likewise, for us Christians. When a Christian falls sick, it does not mean that Isaiah 53:4 is no longer valid. The problem does not lie in Isaiah 53:4. The problem lies in the enforcement of it. Who are the ones who have to enforce it? We are. As Christians we have been given all the powers on heaven and on earth. God has given us everything we need to enforce his rule on earth. We have the authority to enforce health, prosperity, long life, success, joy, peace and every good thing that we desire. The only way to activate our authority is to pray by faith.
24 I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.
Mark 11:24 (NLT)
We need to believe we receive when we pray in order to activate the powers of God in our lives. So if you are sick right now, don’t pray for the sake of praying. Pray for results. Don’t pray like you are begging God to heal you as though he has not decided whether he wants you healed. God has decided 2,000 years ago at the Cross of Calvary that he wants us healed when Jesus bore all our sickness at the Cross.
In God’s mind, every Christian is free from any form of sickness. His will for us is to be eternally healthy. So, when we pray, we pray with conviction that our God wants us healed and we pray with faith that his will to be done in our bodies. All the sicknesses in our bodies shall be eternally removed from us. As long as you believe, you shall receive your healing.
So, when you are sick, the issue is not how serious or how incurable the sickness is according to the medical report. With all due respect to the doctors, their verdict on your condition is based strictly on the limited amount of knowledge that they have based on the natural law. Their medical knowledge does not include what Jesus did at the Cross. Therefore, when you are sick, the only question you have to ask yourself is, do you still believe Jesus bore all your sickness at the Cross? If your answer is yes, get up and claim your rights.
Religious people will oppose to this verse because according to their religious doctrines their God is the one who give sickness to Christians to bring them to heaven. In fact, one religious guy wrote in to this blog to tell me that sickness and grave leads to heaven. How perverted can he be? The hypocritical part is, even religious people seek treatment when they are sick. Obviously they don’t really believe in their religious doctrines.
In conclusion, when you are sick you have to remind yourself what Isaiah 53:4 says and stay away from religion. If you really want to get well, avoid religion like a plague.