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
- I was misunderstanding it
- 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….