Devotional
BY HIS STRIPES

BY HIS STRIPES

“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.”

1 Peter‭2:24‬‬

A person is whipped for punishment or as a consequence of a crime committed and the scars produced by such punishment is a stripe or stripes because they leave marks on the body of the person punished which signifies that the penance has been paid by the person for the crime committed, these stripes are very painful wounds and sores that come from the whips that the person is flogged with and was a custom of the Roman government then as punishment. Whoever commits a crime must be punished for it as the justice system demands.

Now We are all well familiar with the Bible passage as believers in Isaiah‭53:5 “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes, we are healed.” Which we use whenever we are in need of healing or to pray for someone in terms of healing and we pay attention only to the part that says “with his stripes we are healed” which indeed is one of our realities as believers but then we don’t pay keen attention to the fact that stripes meant pain to the person of our lord Jesus who bore them even according to the scripture we read, pain in terms of being wounded, being bruised, suffering scorn and the likes so that his stripes which are his scars can serve as the healing balm we need. 

Furthermore, we can see from our opening text that Jesus bore our sins for us on the cross, a crime he never committed and took the whips so we can attain righteousness and be healed of any iniquity and pain that comes from the transgressions that man committed. Healing signifies peace, comfort, and relief from pain or sicknesses or disease and because the man was plagued with sin and its consequences it was evident there was a need for healing and the price for healing had to be paid and because no man could pay such a price due to the nature of man, God has to come in the flesh, in Jesus to pay the ultimate price so that we can have free access to the healthcare packages that come with the cross and salvation.

Beloved, the scriptures says in 2 Corinthians 8 vs 9; “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.” And through this, we know that he was bruised, wounded and whipped so we can have relief, peace and soothing life. The stripes Jesus endured remind us of the freedom we have in Him. We have the freedom to be more than conquerors; the freedom to prosper; and, of course, the freedom to be healed.

Further reading: Matt 8 vs 17 

Confession: I confess that by his stripes I am healed from a life of pain and transgressions and I live a soothing life. Amen

THERE IS LOVE IN SHARING

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