What Does The Cross Mean To You?

Most of my thinking, my studies, and my prayers lately have been on healing, because I am in need of healing now. I will be having back surgery in a few days and I ask for your prayers.

I know without a doubt that Jesus is my healer! He has healed me many times in the past. But it wasn’t until I had a need for healing this time, that I started seriously searching the Bible for examples of divine healing and God’s promises.

I have been reading F.F. Bosworth’s book, “Christ The Healer” which was written in 1973. It is a compelling book filled with powerful evidence of Jesus as our healer, and many scriptures are given for study.

The highlight of the book for me personally was a reminder that it is God’s will for me to be well. I’m afraid our faith has been watered down somewhat when we always preface our prayers with, “If it be your will, Father.”

What was the purpose of the cross? Wasn’t it to restore to mankind all that Adam’s action had taken away from us?

Adam, by his fall, brought sin into our souls.
Adam, by his fall, brought disease into our bodies.
Sin and disease is therefore the work of the devil.

“Jesus went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed by the devil.”

On Calvary, Jesus bore our sins. He was made sin for us in His body on the tree. He was wounded for our transgressions and He was bruised for our iniquities.

On Calvary, Jesus bore our sicknesses and carried our suffering. And with His stripes we are healed.

“For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit.”

We know that Jesus bore our sins, so do you think it is God’s will to save only a select few who come to Him? No! He said, “Whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

We know that Jesus bore our sicknesses, so do you think it is God’s will to heal only a select few who come to Him? No! “He was moved with compassion and healed them all and all manner of diseases.”

The Atonement of the cross, Jesus as the pure sacrifice, restored to us all that had been taken away from us by sin and the fall of Adam. Jesus came to earth to do the will of the Father, which was to reconcile us to Him giving us eternal life and freedom from the curse of the law. The curse of the law included diseases. Jesus redeemed us from the curse through His Atonement. He died for our sicknesses, our pains, our transgressions, our iniquities, our peace and our healing.
Romans 5:6-21

It is hard to look at Jesus suffering on the cross, even though we know that He did not stay dead and we know that He is alive today. But perhaps we do need to look again to be reminded of His bountiful mercy and love. He left Heaven and came to earth as a baby to live as one of us because of this love and to do the will of the Father.

It IS the WILL of the Father for all to be saved; including every family member that you are praying for, and it IS His WILL for all of His children to be well.

Wow! What a glorious blessing, freedom from sin and disease. Let us sing praises to our Savior for giving us life! Let us give praises and glory to our Heavenly Father for loving us so much that He gave His only son, Jesus Christ, to suffer and die in our place!

(Isaiah 53:4-5, Matthew 8:17, I Peter 2:24, Luke 4:40, I Corinthians 6:20, John 3:16)

Love and Prayers,

1 comment:

  1. Oh, Carolyn...I am just now reading this...I do hope and pray you are recovering nicely...may the Lord bless you as you have blessed so many others....


Thank you for sharing your comments. They are words of encouragement not only for me, but for others who stop by. I would love to pray with you for your unsaved family and share your praise reports as well. Blessings, Carolyn