By His Wounds

About a week ago our kids had invited the youth group from church to come to our house on Sunday evening.  On Saturday, the day before the event, it began very peacefully and most of the day was spent relaxing and doing some laundry. I thought I’d just wait till Sunday after church to really do a final cleaning. Plans have a way of changing. After running into town Saturday afternoon, we returned to find the whole utility room floor covered in water. Something had went wrong and although we try to keep most things up off the floor in the event that something like this would happen, we had several boxes of yard sale ready items stacked up in the middle and they needed be removed immediately! Everyone went into action, pulling out everything that was wet or in danger of becoming wet and started stacking it all in the family room side of the basement. My son manned the shop-vac, my daughter got the mop, my husband was investigating where the water was or had been coming from, and while busy, I began to feel myself fall apart.

I have always been an in control person, or at least attempted to be.  Chaos and mayhem are just things I have issues with. I don’t like feeling out of control.  I always thought that with age I would reach greater levels of serenity, after all, I have memories to build on, trials that I have overcome, lessons that I have learned. Nevertheless I feel like such a failure in trying times these days. Somewhere along the line I’ve allowed obstacles to block my spiritual connection that reminds me to trust in the Lord and to take every thing in stride. Or perhaps with age, I’m dealing with changes in my body, or I’m just worn out by the hectic pace that my life is requiring at this time. Whatever the case, I began to pray and go in search of peace.  

The following scripture came to me and I saw it in a new light. Isaiah 53:5, 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. I reread the words: the chastisement of our peace was upon him. Wow! chastisement? Doesn’t that mean correction? He was corrected, or disciplined, so that we might have peace. He was punished for our wrong-doings in order for us to have peace. Peace is ours to have at any time. He paid the price.

The God of heaven did not just hand out gifts from the abundance of his power. Instead, He chose to bring us these gifts by robing himself in flesh, experiencing pain and suffering, and ultimately paying the price for our wrongs with his death so we could have life, healing and peace. God already owned all of these gifts, but our actions required payment. We did not own them. Our sins made us debtors. His actions took away our debt.  I owed a debt I could not pay, He paid a debt He did not owe.

The original sin in the Garden of Eden brought us death, but Jesus sacrifice on the cross brought us life. Adam and Eve were created perfect but brought imperfection into the world by their transgression. By His stripes, healing was made available to us. He took our punishment upon himself so that we could have peace.

The price has been paid. These gifts are ours, all we have to do is receive them.  After ascending back into heaven, Jesus completed the life package by making his spirit available in the form of the Holy Ghost. On the day of Pentecost, when  Peter was asked, ‘What shall we do?’ he answered them by saying,‘Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.’  Acts 2:38 When most of us receive a gift, we accept it whole-heartedly! Why is it any different with the gifts that God has given to us?

Although I’ve always desired to be a naturally, graceful person full of faith, what I am learning from this study is that any thing I have need of, He will supply, all I have to do is ask and receive.  God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7 Scripture after scripture reminds us of His love and provision.

Most of all, how can we allow all the pain and suffering that Jesus endured to be in vain. He went to great lengths to make these gifts available.  If you watch the movie, Passion of the Christ, just once you will begin to realize just how great a price He paid.  Money could never buy such gifts; only blood from a perfect sacrifice had the power required for our deliverance.  I don’t want to foolishly neglect what God has for my life. Jesus said, ‘The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.’ John 10:10

By His Wounds (Written By Mac Powell and David Nasser)

We are healed by Your sacrifice
And the life that You gave
We are healed for You paid the price
By Your grace we are saved
We are saved

He was pierced for our transgressions
He was crushed for our sins
The punishment that brought us peace was upon Him
And by His wounds, by His wounds we are healed
And by His wounds, by His wounds

What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus

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