A PROPHECY OF HEALING
Old Testament Lesson
Isaiah was a prophet of God. He prayed and then listened. God told him about the Anointed One the he was sending to save the world from sin, called the Messiah. In these verses he tells us a little bit about what this special person would do for us.
He says that Messiah will bear our grief and carry our sorrows. But the translation here isn’t correct. It really says that he will bear our sicknesses and carry our diseases. It’s translated correctly in Matthew 8:17. To the eyes of those who saw what Messiah suffered, it looked like God was beating Jesus up, punishing him for something terrible. But his wounds were really just the consequences of our sins, which includes sickness, disease, and injury, leading to death of the body.
Isaiah says Messiah was wounded for our transgressions. Transgressions are times when we violate the boundaries of someone else’s property, when we disobey God. Messiah was bruised for our iniquities. Iniquities are lack of morals and ethics. The chastisement of our peace was upon him. That means that the thing that causes us distress, that sadness, mental pain, that thing that irritates us to anger, Messiah took it in our place. He took the tumult and commotion so we could be undisturbed, and enjoy peace. By his stripes we are healed. Messiah took a beating so we could be restored to wholeness, completely healed, body, mind, emotions, soul, and spirit. That healing includes broken places in relationships, in our finances, in all areas of our life.
We know this Messiah that Isaiah talked about in his prophecy as Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ, the Son of the Living God.
POINTS TO CONSIDER:
• Isaiah heard from God about Messiah thousands of years before Jesus came to the earth.
• He told everyone he saw that Messiah was coming, and what he would do, to build their faith.
• God is able to tell us what to expect a long time before it happens.
A PROPHECY OF HEALING
I. Isaiah was a prophet who heard from God about Messiah who was coming.
A. Part of Messiah’s job here would be taking our sickness and disease away.
B. The things that happen to Messiah look like God is punishing him.
C. Really, he is taking the consequences of our sins on himself.
II. He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace was upon him and by his stripes we are healed.
A. Transgressions are those times we have violated boundaries and disobeyed God
B. Iniquities are moral and ethical sins.
C. The chastisement of our peace that he took is those things that cause us distress, emotional pain, irritate us to anger.
D. Messiah took the tumult and commotion so we could enjoy peace.
E. He healed us in all areas of our lives, restoring us to wholeness again.
F. We know Messiah as Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ, the Son of the Living God.