YOU ARE PAYING FOR YOUR ILLNESS THE SECOND TIME
A Christian told of an experience while in the hospital from a wound during the war. He had bought a package of cigarettes and later read on the back of the package that the cigarettes had been paid for by the Red Cross and not to be resold. Now the soldier was really ticked. He was paying for something already paid for.
The price of your healing has been paid for by the Lord Jesus Christ. Your suffering is paying the price of your sickness again, the second time. It need not be.
LESSON # 12
YOUR HEALING IS IN THE ATONEMENT
Atonement means reparation or payment in full. The atonement for your healing is the sacrificial death of Christ on the cross. Hundreds of years previous to the cross the prophet Isaiah wrote in the Old Testament: “Surely He has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows….. He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and BY HIS STRIPES WE ARE HEALED.”
Now let’s jump to the New Testament, to Matthew 8:16,17: “They brought to him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, THAT IT MIGHT BE FULFILLED which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: ‘He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.’ ” Do you see the connection? Isaiah said that our (mankind’s) sickness have been paid for by the sacrificial crucifixion. Matthew concurs that the healing miracles of Christ were, as Isaiah has said, a result of the cross. In other words, if you took away the cross Jesus would not heal. He healed sickness and disease because the price of those sicknesses and diseases were paid in full (by the crucifixion that was soon to come).
You see, just as Christ CAN AND WILL forgive your sins because of the atonement (because the price for your sins have been paid), likewise Jesus CAN AND WILL heal your body, through your faith in Him, because of the same atonement.