“Healed” by His Wounds

Yesterday I had one of those “dove descending upon me” moments. I could almost hear the choir of Angels as what I read sank in. Ok…maybe not quite that dramatic, but it honestly was a life-changing moment. I couldn’t wait to share it with you.

Yesterday I was on 1 Peter 2:11-25. It’s one of those inspiring passages about us following in Christ’s footsteps to suffer for the Gospel (I don’t mean that sarcastically). At the end I came across a very familiar verse. 1Peter 2:24 (second half):

By his wounds you have been healed

I have a confession to make. I’m fairly confident that I have NEVER read that verse in context! I’m sure I have READ it before, in that, “hurry, gotta get this chapter checked off that read the bible in a year plan” kind of way. However, it wasn’t until yesterday that the Holy Spirit illuminated it for me.

Ok, that being said, I was blown away that that verse wasn’t talking about physical, “i’m sick in my body” healing. I thought for sure that either

  1. I was misunderstanding it
  2. A similar phrase must be elsewhere in the bible, but talking about physical healing.

I searched & searched but only found Isaiah 53:4-9 which is also not talking about physical healing. Both these verses in context are talking about sin. He’s healed our hearts from sin. Yes, if you read the gospels, clearly Jesus is in the business of physical healing too. Yes, I pray for healing. I’m just saying….this verse was the only one where I could understand where people come up with the idea that as Christians we have an inalienable RIGHT to not get colds…or have cancer. That verse was pretty much my only stumbling block to the idea that God CAN heal people, but HE chooses when & if…not us & our fancy faith. So there you go. All this time the answer was right there. Funny what actually studying your Bible can do….

3 thoughts on ““Healed” by His Wounds

  1. Don’t you just love moments like that in your Bible? Thanks for sharing that with us Jenn. You’re going to help a lot of people learn to read their Bibles in context.

  2. I really appreciated this entry, Jenn. I’ve struggled with a lot of these questions over the past several months dealing with my health issues, and this is really the first time I’ve ever even been confronted with the idea that we as Christians are promised health as heirs to the kingdom. I had always assumed those passages meant spiritual healing and that yes, one day our bodies will be made whole and yes, God can of course heal our bodies here on earth if He so chooses. But I have also always trusted His provision and wisdom when healing does not come. But I want to be open-hearted to whatever God might want to do in my life or teach me and that can lead to confusing moments. But the point is, I appreciate what you had to say here. Ha, sorry this is so long. =)

  3. Awesome! I love those moments when the angels sing. I think God smiles so big when we actually take the time to study His Word and get what He’s saying! And to think, it’s really not as hard as we make it out to be! Thanks for pointing out the fact that there’s more to this verse . . . I think I tended to skim over it as well, although when I read it I remembered it talking about sin and not physical healing. Amazing, though, that I’ve still allowed myself to be convinced it means something other than what it says. Another reason why it’s so important for us to spend time in the Word on our own . . . Thanks!