Lessons from Isaiah 53 v 2

He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.

I am continuing to look at God’s love and mercy for us, and why we should not blame God for tragedy and sickness in our lives. Jesus is portrayed in this prophecy as coming to the world with no beauty and no majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. Jesus was the embodiment of the principles that he taught us while on earth. he taught us that we do not walk by sight, but rather by faith. That we need to look at the things which are not seen, rather than the things which we can see.

This idea is a tough one for many Christians. We are naturally conditioned through our western world, and through generations of teaching that we respond to that which we see. One of the things I have been dealing with in the last two days, is the subject of healing. Now this subject is the perfect example of where we have vastly conflicting ideas about whether or not God heals today. I heard Andrew Wommack say that when someone says “I believe God can heal” then that is hope. When you say I know that God will heal, that is faith. Jesus came into the world in a very subdued manner – born in a manger with no pomp and ceremony. Surely for the Son of God no-one would have minded if he had been born in the King’s palace. But God’s way is gentle and unassuming. So Jesus came in a way that did not impress us as people. He was Born as any child would be born and there was nothing special that would have attracted us to him physically. But the star that shone from the east was announcing that this was no ordinary child. Even the stars shone over him.

Jesus told us through his life, that God does not look at the outward – God looks at the heart and the motives. God is not impressed by the things that impress humans. We are told to walk by faith and not by sight. So we need to then act on that. When we know that God wants someone to be healed, then we can pray confidently. We know that Jesus has already healed us by his stripes. So I hear you saying that “not everyone gets healed.” That is true. I believe that healing is a tricky subject. We are subject to the curse of the ground on this earth, and Satan rules this earth. As believers we have in us the power of the living God and we are no longer under the power of Satan. So we are told to resist the devil and he will flee from us. Death and disease is a curse that came upon mankind by sin. So we live in a fallen world which subjects us to death and to other laws (like gravity) which we cannot escape from. Within this world, God wants us to be healthy. We can make oursleves sick by eating badly, behaving badly, by holding grduges, getting angry, through unforgiveness and bitterness and more.

Jesus said that the kingdom of God is near. When Jesus was living on this earth, he healed all who were oppressed by the devil. That was a glimpse of the kingdom of God. The kingdom og God is coming. Jesus told us to pray for the kingdom of God to come (you remember from the Lord’s prayer). When the kingdom of God comes, it restores the order and balance back to God’s original intention.

Some people when they pray for the sick, will pray “if it be your will”. There is no prayer in the Bible which tells us to pray like this. Jesus did not say “if it be thy will” when he was in Gethsemane. Jesus knew the will of the father and he said “nevertheless, thy will be done”. The prayer that says “if it is your will” destroys faith. Because then we are praying without power. God wants us to find out his will (which he reveals by his word) and then to walk in faith and do his will, even if we cannot see the immediate evidence. Sometimes we pray and when the person is not immediately and miraculously healed, we think God never heard us. But we will allow antibiotics to take a weke or two to work, so why does all healing have to be instant.

And yet not everyone is healed. I believe when people are not healed it is because of our lack of faith and because of our lack of closeness to God. Jesus never failed to heal anyone. he healed every time. EVERY TIME. And Jesus said we will do at least what he did, and even greater things. But to do that we have toi wakk with him, closer and closer every day, so that we learn the rythms of his grace.