But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)
It is never easy to be afflicted with a health condition, be it a simple cough or a terminal disease. Nor is it any easier to witness the discomforts and distresses of a sick loved one. If we just could, we hope to never be sick.
But even if sicknesses come, we need not fret. There is a balm that could cure any sickness or disease there is. A balm that is free—for us, at least—because it has caused Jesus much. “By His wounds, we are healed.” The many gashes and lacerations on His back… the punctures from the crown of thorns… the piercings on His hands and feet as He was nailed on the Cross—all these, that we may be healed.
Are you suffering from a disease right now? Have you been taking medications for days, with no sign of relief? Have you been in and out of the hospital? Are you in need of an operation? Has the doctor started to count your remaining days here on earth? Or maybe, just maybe, your wounds lie deep within. Wounds no one can see: a bruised heart, bruised ego, bruised reputation… a lifeless future, lifeless home, lifeless soul. Whatever your condition is, believe. “By His wounds, we are healed.” Physically, emotionally, and spiritually healed.