His Punishment For Our Wellness!

By Rev. J. Loren Russell, BA, MDiv

SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 53:4 – 5 (‬CEV‬‬)‬‬

“He suffered and endured great pain for us, but we thought his suffering was punishment from God. He was wounded and crushed because of our sins; by taking our punishment, he made us completely well.”

‭‭The book of Isaiah has been called the fifth Gospel and has some of the clearest, most accurate and prophetic proclamation of Christ’s birth, character, life, death, resurrection, and His second coming found anywhere in the Old Testament. It is referenced in twenty of the twenty-seven New Testament books, and twelve of those books contain direct quotations.

Isaiah is known as the messianic and evangelical prophet, describing Christ as “Lord,” “Immanuel,” “Wonderful,” “Counselor,” “Mighty God,” “Everlasting Father,” “Prince of Peace,” “Rod of Jesse,” “Cornerstone,” “King,” “Shepherd,” “Servant of Yahweh,” “Elect One,” “Lamb of God,” “Redeemer,” and the “Anointed One.” This is the one who bore our burdens and healed us. The King James Version says, “By His strips, we are healed” (v. 5).

I have a friend that a team of doctors diagnosed with life-threatening complications affecting several major organs in his body. The doctors were certain that his life was in danger if he wasn’t treated immediately. While seeking a second opinion, he asked me for him to pray for his healing. After the prayer, the second opinion produced a diagnosis free of all the original conditions. He was discharged in two days and returned home with a clean bill of health. His wife said to me, “I know it was your prayers that bore the latter results.”

“By His strips, we are healed!”

The only way to truly access the healing power Isaiah talks about is to know Christ for yourself. My friend’s faith combined with prayer produced these extraordinary results. Let me be bold and extend an invitation for you to get to know Him personally. You don’t have to take my word for it, you can try it for yourself. Everything Isaiah reported about Jesus is true and for our well-being. He took our punishment so that we could be completely well.

Be Blessed +++

Rev. J. Loren Russell is an associate minister at both Goodwill and The Greater Universal Baptist Churches in the Bronx, President/CEO of The JLR Company for Church Financial &. Strategic Consulting, and hosts “Matters of Faith – The Radio Show” on Soul 1 Radio, Mondays 8:00 – 10:00 PM. Listen by phone” at 626-226-1448. Be sure to Friend “Matters of Faith” on Facebook and email us at mattersoffaith.mof@gmail.com. Order your copy of Matters of Faith: The Book at Book Blues.

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