March 13, 2024

Bless the Lord, my soul,
And do not forget any of His benefits;
Who pardons all your guilt,
Who heals all your diseases;
Who redeems your life from the pit,
Who crowns you with favor and compassion.
Psalm 103:2-4

1. HE CARRIED OUR GRIEFS AND SORROWS. “Surely, He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows” (Isaiah 53:4a NKJV). This whole, profound chapter of Isaiah is a discussion about Jesus, the suffering servant. This ancient Hebrew scripture is one of the hundreds of prophecies that point to Jesus and validate that He is the Lord. It foretells aspects of the Messiah, the redeemer of the world, to the Jewish people and defines features of His mission. He was acquainted with grief and sorrow (Isaiah 53:3). He can sympathize with our weakness; He was tempted in all points as we, yet He never sinned (Hebrews 4:15). 
“But 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” (Isaiah 53:5 NKJV). If you study the Roman approach toward crucifixion and the issue of whipping, it was brutal. Jesus endured unspeakable ill-treatment. I’ve heard from people who have had tattoo work done that some sessions lasted three or four hours. They said there was a certain point when the natural painkiller response in the brain was depleted, and there was no more protection. Jesus, with all of His nerve endings sending pain messages to His brain, all of His adrenaline pumping, and probably all of His endorphins dissipated, took on an unbearably harsh sentence for us. But while enduring all of this, He said of those who condemned Him to death, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34). That ought to make you fall in love with Jesus right there. 
3. HE PAID THE DEATH SENTENCE FOR OUR SINS. When Jesus died on that center cross, the thief on one side mocked him, saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us” (Luke 23:39 NKJV). The other one asked, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom” (Luke 23:42 NKJV). These were both guilty criminals. But Jesus was innocent. He paid the death sentence for our sins, transgressions, iniquities, disobedience, wrongdoing, and failure. Jesus took it all, and He was crushed for our iniquities, pierced through with our transgressions – nails were driven through His hands and feet, a crown of thorns pierced His head, a spear pierced His side (Isaiah 53:5). 

4. JESUS COVERED IT ALL. Jesus took what sin produces – death and everything under it, including sickness and disease, griefs and sorrows, and even the emotional realm with mood issues – and covered it with His substitutionary work on the cross. I’ve held to these scriptures through the years of my life. When I get symptoms in my body or read reports about the flu and sickness season, I speak that in the name of Jesus, He bore my sins and carried my diseases, my griefs, and my sorrows, and by His stripes, I am healed. God has covered it all; you can stand and believe for healing for every part of you. 

I bless the Lord, my soul, and all that is within me; I bless His holy name. Jesus was pierced for my offenses; He was crushed for my wrongdoings; The punishment for my well-being was laid upon Him. By His wounds, I am healed. I will remember all of His benefits. He pardons all my guilt, heals all my diseases, and redeems my life from the pit. He crowns me with favor and compassion and satisfies my years with good things so that my youth is renewed like the eagle (Psalm 103: 1-5; Isaiah 53:5).

Press on! 
Pastor Jeff Perry

re·mem·ber, verb
To put in mind: bring to recollect the truth of what they themselves know. To keep in mind so as to bestow attention or consideration upon: To be continually thoughtful or regardful of. 

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