Jesus’ Suffering: Healing
As explained in the previous section, man fell into sin and therefore the Son needed to restore the position of man. A fair question would be: is Jesus the Son of Man? Let’s read what is said to Jesus’ mother by an angel before Jesus’ birth.
This is only Part B of this teaching. To read the complete teaching, go to What Jesus’ Suffering Was All About
The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Mary was greatly troubled at this words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” ~ Luke 1,28-33 ~
Here we read that Jesus will be a great man and will rule forever. That is at least something that would restore the position of man. But is he really the Son of Man? In the following passage Jesus claims to be the Son of Man in word and in deeds.
Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town. Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.” At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, “This fellow is blaspheming!” Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven.’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “Get up, take your mat and go home.” Then the man got up and went home. When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to man. ~ Matthew 9,1-8 ~
Here we read that Jesus claims to be the Son of Man and that he has authority to forgive and to heal. But how could Jesus heal a paralyzed person? This was not the only time that Jesus healed someone. We read something interesting when Jesus heals many in another occasion.
When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases.” ~ Matthew 8,16-17 ~
So when Jesus is healing people, it is to fulfill a prophecy about him. The prophecy teaches us that Jesus took upon him our infirmities and our diseases. This is very interesting and we will come back to this prophecy later. First we will look at Jesus’ suffering and then we will find out what this has to do with healing. Jesus’ suffering started after he was betrayed by one of his closed disciples, Judas. He is taken captive by the Jewish leaders, that were the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They hated Jesus and wanted to kill him, because he had a lot of followers and because he didn’t lived according to the way they explained the law. However, they were actually corrupt and only wanted to be honored by the people. When they questioned Jesus, they couldn’t find anything to accuse Jesus.
Then the high priest stood up before him and asked Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?” “I AM,” said Jesus, “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.” The high priest tore his clothes. “Why do we need any more witnesses?” he asked. “You have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?” They all condemned him as worthy of death. Then some began to spit at him; they blindfolded him, struck him with their fists, and said, “Prophesy!” And the guards took him and beat him. ~ Mark 14,60-65 ~
When Jesus proclaims that he really is the Son of Man and that he will share the rule of God and judge all people (which is true), the high priest would not accept it and all the Jewish leaders with him. They condemned him to death, but they first mock and beat him. They captured Jesus in the evening and in the morning they decided to bring Jesus to the roman governor. So, you understand that Jesus was quite beaten up in the mean time. The roman governor, Pilate, couldn’t find anything to have Jesus executed. Therefore, Pilate wanted to release Jesus even though the Jewish people asked for Jesus execution. So he let the Jews decide if he should release Jesus or a murderer called Barabbas. The people chose Barabbas to be released and demanded that Jesus was crucified.
Early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people made their plans how to have Jesus executed. So they bound him, led him away and handed him over to Pilate the governor. … Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified. Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said. They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him. ~ Matthew 27,1 & 27,26-31 ~
In the next part I will share more about why Jesus needed to be crucified. For now, we will look at how Jesus suffered to be beaten and flogged. He was first beaten by the Jewish guards during the night. Then he is flogged by the roman soldiers. A flogging in those days meant that most of your skin is torn of your body. The romans used sticks with short ropes. Small hooks were attached at the end of the ropes. These hooks tore your skin apart during the flogging. Thus at the time the romans soldiers started to mock Jesus with a crown of thorns, he has already suffered immense pain. However, the soldiers still wanted to make fun of Jesus. But this is not an accident. Jesus is crowned with a crown of thorns. As we learned in the first section, thorns were a part of God’s curse over the earth. The suffering of man is related to the thorns which the earth brought forth because of the fall of man. This suffering of mankind because of the fall of man was put on Jesus’ head. He was wounded when thorns were pressed in his head. In this way he took upon him the full curse of mankind’s suffering. But why did Jesus have to be beaten and flogged? To answer this question, we will look at the prophecy from Isaiah mentioned earlier. Read what the prophet Isaiah said about Jesus.
Just as there were many who were appalled at him — his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being and his form was marred beyond human likeness — … He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. 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 52,14 & 53,3-5 ~
So what do we learn from this? From the first part we learn that Jesus would suffer so much that it was appalling to look at him. After the beatings of the Jews and romans and also the flogging of the roman soldiers, it is understandable that is was terrible to look at Jesus. I think I would prefer to look the other way when I would have seen Jesus in such a state. But from the latter part we learn that by Jesus’ wounds, we are healed.
Through the fall of man, mankind suffered because the earth was cursed. Through the Son of Man, healing is available for those who suffer from sickness and pain. What does this mean for us. People were healed before Jesus suffered. This happened through faith in what God would do through Jesus (although they may not have understood it all). However, we know that we are healed through Jesus’ wounds. This statement makes it clear that it is already fulfilled. Jesus does not have to suffer anymore to get you healed from sickness or pain. It is done and it is available for you. We do not only have to believe that God will heal us, we have a legal right to be healed because of Jesus. This truth is so strong and real that you can be healed while you read this. If you do not notice anything, don’t worry. You can send your Prayer Request and you will receive prayer for your healing. To conclude this section, we will look at the following passage which is very encouraging.
A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus was indignant. He reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed. ~ Mark 1,40-42 ~
There are two things I want to say about this passage. First of all, Jesus touched a leper. According to prescriptions in the Old Testament this would make him unclean, but instead the leper is cleansed. This shows that the blessing and healing that came through Jesus is stronger than the curse that made man suffer. The second thing is, Jesus confirms that he is willing to heal. From the original text it follows that this can also be interpreted that it is Jesus’ desire to heal. The point is that we shouldn’t wonder that God wants to heal us. Jesus didn’t suffer for fun, it was terrible! You do not want to waste Jesus’ horrible suffering, the price for your healing, do you?
God bless you,
Founder of Experience Jesus