The same Cross which bore our sin is the same Cross that bore our sicknesses and infirmities.
We are looking at the fact that healing is part and parcel of the atoning work of Christ on Calvary's Cross. The same Cross which bore our sins is the same Cross that bore our sicknesses and infirmities. When it comes to healing in the atonement, it was prophesied by the great prophet Isaiah and echoed by the first writer of the synoptic gospel, Matthew.
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 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.
Isaiah 53:4, 5
When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.
You will also find that both Paul and Peter believed in healing in the atonement through the Passover. We all know that God instituted the Passover before Israel left Egypt.
And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house: And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening. And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it. And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof. And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire. And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the Lord's passover. For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord. And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt. And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the Lord throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.
The institution of the substitutionary Paschal Lamb was prophetic of Jesus the Lamb of God. Isaac asked of Abraham his father, 'where is the lamb?' (Genesis 22:7) and that has been the question of the ages until John the Baptist saw Jesus walking by the river Jordan,then believed and announced Jesus as the Passover Lamb,
The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
It is obvious that John the Baptist believed that Jesus was the Passover Lamb. Peter and also Paul echoed the same sentiment. Let us first look at the apostle Peter,
Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
1 Peter 1:18-20
Peter is jarring the minds of his readers by connecting the Exodus Passover Lamb which had to be without blemish, to Jesus the foreordained Lamb before the foundation of the world. Having then established the fact that Jesus is the Passover Lamb and his blood was the means of redemption, see what Peter declared further,
Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
1 Peter 2:24
Notice that Peter believed that Jesus the Passover Lamb that took away our sins in his own body, also made provision for our healing. His body suffered so that our bodies can be healed. Now let us look at the apostle Paul,
Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
1 Corinthians 5:7
Paul made it emphatically clear to the Corinthians saints that Jesus is the Passover Lamb . Now connect this with
For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come. Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.
1 Corinthians 11:23-30
As the children were to be in the house under the blood and eat the flesh of the lamb for the deliverance from Egypt and the angel of death, so are we to be under the blood and eat the flesh our Lord for our deliverance. Two things were important in the Passover,
Be under the blood of the lamb- prohibiting the angel of death power over Israel
Eat the flesh - bringing healing and restoration to the millions of bodies who were treated as slaves and malnourished. When they left Egypt there was not one weak, feeble or infirmed.
He brought them forth also with silver and gold: and there was not one feeble person among their tribes.
Peter believed that Jesus the Passover Lamb that took away our sins in his own body also made provision for our healing. His body suffered so that our bodies can be healed.
Today when we do not discern the Lord's body - the Passover Lamb - we become prone to sickness, weakness and premature death. Discerning the Lord's body does not just mean that we don't go against one another or to be in strife with one another. That is all true and good but another facet of not properly discerning the Lords body is when we do not discern what he did and acquired for us on Calvary's Cross. Because many do not have the revelation of Jesus as the Passover Lamb whose blood was shed for our deliverance from the spirit of death and his flesh eaten for our healing and health of our bodies, then they do not see healing as part of the atonement. I have shown you that Matthew the tax collector, John the Baptist, Peter the fisherman and Paul the Pharisee believed in healing in the atonement. It is up to you to be once and for all fully settled that healing is yours in the atonement.
When we do not discern the Lord's body - the Passover Lamb - we become prone to sickness, weakness and premature death
This is an excerpt of Glenn's new book, 'How to live and not die'