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Sunday English Service - 02 APR 17 - The power of the blood of Jesus

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"By his stripes we are healed", he says. And the proper way to translate that also is this; "It was healed for us" or it can be translated as "healing was obtained for us". He bore our sickness and carried our pain and through that, healing was obtained for us. That is the way it is meant to come out. He bore our sickness and our pain so that healing was obtained for us on the cross of Calvary.

Alright now people really object to the fact that we are saying that this is sickness and pain instead of griefs and sorrows. They say, "Well how can he change that so easily". So let's look into it and really try to show that it is sickness and pain and not just some general griefs and sorrows. I told you how the Hebrew words from which these things are translated are always translated as sickness and pains. But none of us know Hebrew here. So let's leave the Hebrew. There is another way to look at it that you can be very sure of; and that is, when you interpret the bible especially the Old Testament passages or verses which you don't understand, one of the things to check and see is, to see whether that verse is quoted for some reason or used for some reason in the New Testament and see how it is used; and here we have two instances in the New Testament where Isaiah 53:4 particularly is quoted - 4 and 5 is quoted in some form. So let me take you to that because there is a principle of bible interpretation that says scripture interprets scripture. It's not that you have to have Greek and Hebrew to understand the bible; how would a common man understand the bible then. One of the basic principles of interpretation is that scripture itself interprets scripture so that whatever you don't understand in the Old Testament or anywhere, even in the New Testament, there are other scriptures that help you interpret it correctly; particularly in the case of the Old Testament, many Old Testament verses are used in the New Testament, therefore you can look at it and see what was meant there in the Old Testament in case you are uncertain about it.

So let's go to those two passages; there are two passages in the New Testament that in form quotes verse 4 and 5. So let's go first to Matthew's gospel chapter 8. Now this is not an academic exercise, we are not just trying to prove something here for academic purposes; this is a real issue - the issues of sickness, the issues of not dying but living to show forth the glory of God. This is a serious issue. The issue is: Did Jesus carry our sickness and our pains on the cross of Calvary? Did he bear it? Did he do something about it? If he did, then I should know about it, so that I can claim it. It's very sad if he did something and what he did has been deposited, credited to my account somewhere but I don't know anything about it. And what happens is that then I don't receive anything benefit from it, even though it has been amply deposited somewhere. I often at times say if somebody deposited 100crores in your name, in some bank account somewhere, you still need to know which bank, what account number and certain details about it so that you go and claim it. Until you find that out you can be starving and dying without any money. You will not be able to use even 1 cent of that 100 crores or millions that are deposited in your account. You cannot even use 1 cent unless you know where it is, what bank account, certain details about it. So biblical truths are like that. We cannot play with this thing, we cannot simply say, "Well let's not go through the academic exercise; let's not go through some interpretation things and so on. Let's forget..." No, no! It is important; because we need to ascertain whether healing is there or not for us, whether healing has been purchased, obtained for us. When he shed his blood - every drop of his blood has been shed; he was wounded from the top of his head to bottom of his feet. You think it is for nothing? You think nothing came out of that, for that the son of God came and suffered such agony? Something really happened:What happened for my spirit? What happened for my soul? What happened for my body? What was obtained for me there? It is very important because it is a healing issue. And healing is much more than 100 crores. Now people hearing from other countries may not know what 100crores.Say 100 million. Healing is much more than 100 million.

I heard about a man dying in America found out that he was going to die in a few months. And he is a very rich man, simply rolling out hundreds of thousands of dollars every day in income and he said it is his wealth. Too bad you know I got everything planned for the next 10 years - I have got projects going, and I have got great vision for the next 10 years. And what will I do now, I am going to die in a few months; can anybody spare me 10 years? Give me 10 years; I will pay any amount they ask each day. If they can give me 1 day, and charge me for it, I am willing to pay for it. Money is nothing to me. I can make a lot of money, he says. But I want life, I want health, I want healing; can anybody give some health for me, life for me, for one day. You charge whatever you want, I will give. Like that I want 10 years of life. Nobody was able forward to give him life, even though many people would have if they can. Nobody could, so nobody came and he had to die. Your 100 million in the bank cannot get you health, your 100 million in the bank cannot get you not 10 years, even 10 days, or 10 minutes also, or 10 seconds also. But the cross of Calvary and the blood of Jesus that has been shed there obtained for us healing that is priceless. You cannot talk about healing in a very ordinary way.

Some people when you talk about the issue of healing - you know they don't believe in the healing and all that. And theysay, "Well I don't believe in that". Then I say, "Wait until you get sick". You don't believe in that. You are kidding me. You will start believing in that when you get terribly sick or when you get some incurable illness or something, you will get serious and you will want healing. You will go somewhere where somebody will tell you something about healing, or somebody is able to help you get healed. You will be ready to spend any kind of money, do anything to get healing. Healing is priceless; you cannot attach a price tag to it. Not a 100 million, not thousand million, billion - nothing. It is priceless; this priceless thing has been made our possession, it has been obtained for us on the cross of Calvary. That is the kind of truth we are talking about. Don't think it is an academic exercise. Sometimes you just have to go through the whole thing of interpreting it so that we can ascertain what is ours. It is so important because the issue is so huge and big; it is priceless.

So let us look at the Matthew's gospel chapter 8 and verse 16 and 17: Now Matthew has a way in which he presents his gospel. Every gospel writer has his own unique features; and one of unique feature of Matthew is this: he usually states something that Jesus did: a healing or something that he said or did, or something that happens in the ministry and life of Jesus; he tells the story or tells the fact and then he says, "This happened so that the prophecy of so and so in the Old Testament can come to pass or can be fulfilled". This is a difficult pattern of Matthew - he is trying to impress upon the Jewish audience to whom he is writing that Jesus was the Messiah that we were expecting. The Old Testament is full of him, it talks about him. And his life events show that he is the one who fulfilled all those expectations of the messiah that was foretold in the Old Testament; so he is trying to show that Jesus is the Messiah to the Jewish people. Therefore, he often quotes Old Testament - says, "This happened in his life so that the words of that prophet there may be fulfilled" Now he uses the same pattern here: Look at this chapter 8:16: When evening had come, they brought to him many who are demon possessed. And he cursed out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick. - Now you can imagine the scene: all kinds of sick people were brought; demon possessed people are brought and he healed all who were sick - that is very important to notice. Everybody that came to him he healed. And then look at how he comments; he takes his pattern here. He says, "He healed all who were sick that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of by Isaiah the prophet, saying he himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses".

Now where does Isaiah say that he himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses - where does Isaiah say? Isaiah says it in Isaiah 53:4 - on that everyone is agreeing. Nobody disagrees, because there is no other passage that even comes close to this quotation. He says this healing event in the life of Jesus where he healed everybody that came to him - happened so that what was spoken by Isaiah might be fulfilled. What did Isaiah speak? He said, "He himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses". Now, we read Isaiah just now, it says, "He bores our griefs and carried our sorrows". How can Matthew say, "He himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses" It is not a quotation; this is more like an interpretation. It seems like that he is not even saying the same words - there it says, "griefs and sorrows" (in English), here it says, "Infirmities and sickness". Is he is talking about something else. Are you sure he is talking about Isaiah 53:4?On that everyone has agreed. Yes it is Isaiah 53:4, nothing else. Then why is he quoting it differently? It is because Isaiah has read the Hebrew Old Testament; he is a Jew. He has read the Hebrew Old Testament. I told you in the Hebrew language, the words that are translated as "griefs and sorrows" in English, in Isaiah 53:4, they come from two Hebrew words and those words are always translated as sickness, diseases, infirmities, weakness and so on - always related to physical sickness. That is how it is translated. And Matthew certainly as a Jew who read Hebrew, knew that. So when he read Isaiah 53:4 in Hebrew, he translates it now; he doesn't know English and he doesn't know Tamil. He translates it; now directly from Hebrew and he says, "He himself took our infirmities and carried our sorrows"

Do you believe in Matthew? I believe in Matthew. Matthew is not telling us to lie here. He is not trying to tell us something that didn't happen. He read Isaiah 53:4. To us in English there translated as "griefs and sorrows", but this man knows Hebrew. You and I don't know Hebrew - we are not such experts in Hebrew: if we knew it - a little bit. We can only rely on English and they say, "griefs and sorrows". But the man who knew Hebrew and translated it says, "Believe me Isaiah said- He himself carried our infirmities and carried our sickness or bore our sickness" I believe in Matthew's interpretation of it or translation of it; because it is not only because it is Matthew, it is because he is a spirit-inspired writer of the gospel also. The Holy Spirit is telling us Isaiah is really saying that Jesus on the cross of Calvary bore our infirmities and our sickness, our pains, our illnesses related to the body - these issues related to the body. That is what it is talking about. Inspired writer - the spirit-inspired writer Matthew says that this is the meaning of it. That settles it for me. Now I know for sure. Yes. I must read Isaiah 53:4 in the same way that Matthew read it, not to miss out on that, because this is such an important issue. This is healing, I cannot play with it. This will mean the difference between whether I will live or die. Am I going to live and not die, and show forth the glory of God? Am I going to survive? I am going to hang on to this truth, and believe in this truth, and claim this and make this mine or I am going to let this go. And say, "Well I don't know what this means. I don't really care". No, if you are sick, you will really care. And you really hope he said, "sickness and pain". You really hope that it meant that he carried your sickness and pains so that you can be relieved from it. And I say to you the good news is that Jesus carried our infirmities and our sickness according to Matthew, the spirit-inspired writer.

But look at the way he put it; another important thing here; the way he puts it is very important. He says, He himself took our infirmities Now that also looks like it's a little bit different from Isaiah 53:4, because Isaiah 53:4, how does it start, It starts there as: Surely he bores our griefs and carried sorrows. "Surelyhe" that he begins it. Here Isaiah begins - at least in the English translation, "he himself" - is there a difference? Is he misquoting? Is that a difference? Here also he has read Hebrew and he understands what the "Surely he" all about. And I would explain what the "surely he" is all about. Now really when you write, you won't want to put words like 'surely' and so on, unless you really have to. "Surely" is a word that you don't want to use just like that unless you want to emphasize something, some subject there. Here in Isaiah 53:4the emphasize is upon "he" - the one who carried our sickness and pain. Isaiah wants to say, "Surely he carried our sickness and pain" - so the"surely"is the emphasize upon the person who carried our sickness and pain, to emphasize the "he"; to emphasize that it was Jesus who carried - he doesn't want to simply say, "He carried our griefs and sorrows or he carried our sickness and pain" - surely he; it was he. The point is it was 'he'. No one else, it was he. It was the son of God, the redeemer, the one who came to save us, the one who hung on the cross; it was "he" - "Surely he" (that is the point). The "surely" emphasizes the "he"; but then in the Hebrew they say, when you write that verse in Hebrew - Isaiah 53:4, they need not put in the "he" also; because the "he" is part of the verb itself. The sentence itself; without "he" you can write the sentence it seems.

In Hebrew, Latin and certain other languages, the "he" is not necessary there. It just comes in the whole thing as a baggage. You don't have to specifically mention the "he". It is sometimes mentioned, the pronoun is sometimes added, even though it is not necessary - if an emphasis upon the pronoun is necessary; if an emphasis is necessary to show that you want to emphasize "he". So again, by saying "surely", is emphasized who bore - that Jesus the son of God bore our sickness and pain; and by putting in the "he" this is a double emphasis - "Surely he".

Last week we had a group come and sing here. And they sang "Handel's Messiah". There is one section that comes that says, "Surely he" - that is Isaiah 53:4. And they sang it as "Surely, surely he". All of a sudden I thought "Surely, surely he". I think he has got the idea what it's am trying to say. He wants to put that double emphasis and give it the emphasis it has in the original - "surely, surely he"; so double emphasis is given there. Why that double emphasis? Why so much emphasis upon who bore it? - the fact that he bore it. Why so much emphasis upon that person? Because it is important who bore it. If someone bore it, they may not have done such a splendid job of it. If someone bore they may not have really put it away. If someone bore it they may not have done such a perfect job to it. The person who bore it is important; that is why "the surely he". The person who bore it is none else, but the God appointed redeemer; the son of the living God; God son himself taking human flesh and coming into this world. God didn't trust any man to do it; God didn't trust anyone of us to do it - we may not have blundered; we may not have done such a good job. If anyone of us had to bear everybody's sickness and pain, may not be such a good job - not such a perfect job.

And we cannot say, "Surely he"; because you can't really know whether he did the right job or not. But since he did it, and he can make no mistake about it, since he did it and he is so perfect; since he did it and there is nothing wrong with him - he is the sinless perfect son of God - since he did it, Isaiah emphasizes the fact with the inspiration of the spirit. And Matthew emphasizes the fact also. And they both say, "Surely he". Isaiah says "Surely he" (at least in the English language it is translated like that). And that is what Matthew translates as, "He himself". It's a way of giving double emphasis. He can simply say, "He bore or he took our infirmities and carried our sickness". He took it, he could have said; but no, he wants to emphasize who it is that took it. Because that is very important - that assures as that everything is alright. He really took it - he really did away with it. He himself; so everyone that is sick, everyone that depends on God for healing; everyone that is looking for healing today and relief from our sickness and our pain, must realize that he himself took it. Not anyone else; he himself. Everybody say, "He himself" - he took my infirmity; he himself took my infirmity; it is one thing to say "he took it - it's another thing to say, "He himself took it". He himself took it upon himself. That means it is put away, it is done away, it is done with. He has done a perfect job and you can trust on it.

Now, go to 1st Peter chapter 2. This is another passage where Isaiah is again quoted. Let me read from verses 22, but we are going to look verse 24 - just to show you that he is talking about the cross and the suffering of Jesus there. Let's read from verse 22; talking about Jesus, Peter says, Who committed no sin, nor was deceit found on his mouth. Who when he was reviled,did not revile in his return, when he suffered, he did not threaten, but committed himself to him who judges righteously - And now listen, who himself bore our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness - by whose stripes you were healed - Now, here a lot of people read this and they say, "Well this is not talking about sickness at all. This is talking about sin; because he says, "Who himself or he himself" - he uses that same expression. He has got it from Isaiah 53 - he has also read Isaiah 53 verse 4, that is why he also says, "He himself"; because Isaiah simply does not say "he took it" - he says, "He himself took it" or surely he is the way that he puts it there. Now he says, Who himself bore our sins in his own body on the tree - so it talks clearly bearing our sins here. That we having died to sins, might live for righteousness and then he adds there, by whose stripes we are healed. He adds verse 5 of Isaiah 53; the last line, by whose stripes we are healed - he has said there. Now a lot of people say well this is not talking about sickness; this is only talking about sins.

I remember last week when we talked about verse 6 of Isaiah 53, where I explained what it means so say that He had laid on him the iniquity of us all sin. That the Lord has laid on him - that is on Jesus, the iniquity of us all; the word "iniquity" I explained. Iniquity was laid on Jesus that means, not just sins was laid on him, but all the punishment and all the evil consequences that sin had brought upon man, was laid upon Jesus. And I proved it by going to Cain and showing you how after Cain murdered Abel, God comes to him; and He says to him, "Hereafter your field" (he was a farmer you see), he says, "You will work the field but your field will not yield its full strength" that means you are not going to have great harvest hereafter. You are going to work so hard, but get very little. It's really hitting him where it hurts. This is the punishment of sin; but the punishment is so difficult to bear really; He says, "Your field is not going to yield its full strength" And then he tells him, "You are going to go round like a vagabond". And then Cain himself says, "Well am afraid, when they see me they will kill me". So he is talking about fear; a torment that goes on in his mind; because he has murdered, that he may be murdered and so on; all of this is going on. And Cain says - in the middle of all this; when he hears his punishment he says, "This is unbearable. This is too hard for me to bear". - This punishment is too hard for me to bear. You see sin has brought punishment, and the punishment means all the evil consequences; all the results of sin.

Now when the bible says that Isaiah 53:6, he has laid, that is, God has laid on Jesus the iniquity of us all. The word "iniquity" in the Hebrew language means not just the sins or transgressions but all the punishment and evil the consequences of that sins - I explained to you last week. But I will say to you, by the same token. If sin has evil consequences and when God laid our sins upon Jesus, it meant that not only the sins but all the punishment of the evil consequences also were laid (if that is true), then by the same token I say to you that forgiveness of sin has good consequences; if sin has evil consequences/horrible consequences, forgiveness of sin then has some excellent consequences; some wonderful things because sins are forgiven; since sickness, and all these other things like poverty, and all of those things came as a result of sin, sin brought it a lot of evil things in the life of man. Adam sinned - and you read chapter 3 and verse 16 onwards, all the consequences of sin are mentioned there. Problem between him between him and his wife is mentioned there; problem in childbirth is mentioned there; problem in that work of his hands is mentioned there - that he will become a toil, he will sweat and he will be eat by sweat of his brawl; it is mentioned there. Even death is mentioned there. All the evil consequences that sin has brought is mentioned there. And I say to you sickness is one of the evil consequences that sin has brought, right. If that is so, I say to you, when sins are forgiven, legally and rightly and that too by the son of God himself, by him carrying it on the cross and shedding his blood, and paying the price that every drop of his blood was shed on the cross of Calvary for our sins; so that the apostle Paul says in Ephesians 1:7, We have redemption the forgiveness of sins through his blood, he says. The blood that was shed has brought redemption. What is redemption? He says the forgiveness of sin. What is forgiveness of sins? That is the ultimate; if sins are forgiven then everything is going to be alright; because the sins forgiven means that all the good consequences will follow. The evil consequences are thereby cancelled and good things are going to follow, as a result of sins being forgiven.

In 1 Peter chapter 2, verse 24, it says that He bore our sins in his own body of a tree. By whose stripes we are healed. It means yes, it is talking about sins only; but sin being forgiven, him carrying our sins on the cross/on the tree, has a wonderful consequence; and that consequence is that we are healed by his stripes. If it is true that he bore our sins at the cross of Calvary, the good thing that comes out of it is healing for our bodies also. And that is what is mentioned here. So we know for sure Isaiah 53:4 is certainly not just griefs and sorrows in general, but particularly: sickness, infirmities, pains and so on.

Now let's go to little more to explain this: The word "Salvation" itself is a very interesting word. The word salvation comes from a Greek word "Sozo" - not "Soso". People use the word "soso" to mean "not bad", We say, "How is it going" - they say, "Soso" that means not good, not bad also; somewhere in the middle, just a little better than very bad. That is what it means. But salvation is not "Soso salvation", it is "Sozo salvation". "Sozo" is a Greek word - which means that a lot more than just forgiveness of sin is there in salvation. I remember when I first went to college, my father gave me a bible called "Scofield bible" - I don't know if you have heard of it. He is a very great scholar. Scofield was a man -was a very great bible scholar and he has written a lot of notes and stuff in that bible. And it's a very expensive bible, and my father gaveit to me. And I had it and I read the bible; but the thing is I hardly ever noticed that. Until when I went to college and was sitting in one class, and one man was talking about salvation; the doctrine of salvation. He said in just passing, he said, "Even Scofield bible has this footnote that salvation includes all these things". And he mentioned healing, safety, deliverance and all of that - it is just not about forgiveness of sin but it's much more than sin; these other things are included in it. And Scofield himself mentions that, he says.

Now Scofield doesn't belong to our church. And he doesn't even belong to the kind of background that I come from where we believe in a lot of things. He is a very basic evangelical person; and he believes that salvation nevertheless includes all these things; that's very interesting to me. And I went and checked in my bible, it was so. In many places where the word "Salvation" occurs he puts the footnote saying it comes from the word "Sozo"and it means not just forgiveness of sins, but also safety, deliverance and so on; mentions a few things there.Then I began to study; and I learned that it indeed does include a lot of more than just forgiveness of sin. What a lot of churches have done is they have reduced this great salvation into a very small thing; just forgiveness of sins today and heaven tomorrow. But it is not so; it includes a lot more. Let me show a few verses here: Matthew's gospel chapter 9 verse 21, just to show you that salvation includes even healing and much more than healing also. So when you talk about salvation, you should not think that God has given us only forgiveness of sin.

Look at verse 21, it is talking about the woman who had the issue of blood- remember for 12 years, and Luke says that she went to all the doctors, put all of her money, and literally became poor by just going to the hospitals and trying out and nothing worked out, and he says she grew worse; after spending all the money, she grew worse. And then finally she came to Jesus. And when she came, she came like this: listen to this, But she said to herself, 'If only I may touch his garment, I shall be made well. But Jesus turned around, and when he saw her He said, "Be of good cheer, daughter, your faith has made you well. And the woman was made well from that hour. - You know where Jesus turns around and tells her Be of good cheer, daughter, your faith has made you well; you know what that "has made you well" comes from in Greek, Sozo; it means your faith has saved you.

This morning I was teaching twice in English the same subject; you know what the Tamil says, that Jesus turned around and says, "Your faith has saved you". That is how they have translated it. And here English translates it this way, that Jesus turned around and said, "Your faith has made you well" - so "is made you well" and "saved" the same thing? Is it possible that in saving you, making you well also is included? Only that that is included can he use it like this interchangeably. It is translated as "made you well" here, it is translated as "saved you" there. So Sozo includes healing also, as a very basic thing. Not just forgiveness of sin, not just salvation in that sense, but healing also.

Now let us go to another verse also; Mark chapter 6 verse 56 - see what we have to go through to make sure that people get the point that we have healing; I am not trying to give you an academic lesson here. I am trying to give you the truth that indeed healing is yours, please believe it, please receive it. It is waiting for you, it is has been deposited for you, it is in your account - it is your blood bought possession. It has been purchased for you, obtained for you by the shed blood of Jesus. This is not some academic thing I am going through here. I am trying to show you that healing, you must believe it. I am just trying to tell you don't be sick - don't settle down with sickness, strive for healing; believe for healing; stand up and resist and insist that healing is yours and possess it. And do not quit until you possess it; that is what i am trying to say.

So chapter 6 verse 56 Wherever he entered into villages, cities or the country, they laid the sick in the market places and begged him that they may just touch the helm of his garment - Christians mostly think that only that one woman touched the helm of his garment and she was made well. No, some places they brought sick people and put them there and asked him to permit people to touch the helm of his garment. So crowds of people were touching the helm of his garment sometimes and were getting healed; and that what it says here. And as many as touched him they were made well. That made wellis again "Sozo". It's translated as "made well" So again, that word "Sozo" which means salvation carries healing in it.

Luke chapter 8 - go to Luke chapter 8 and verse 35 and 36, Then they went out to see what had happened, and came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid.- You know who this guy was? This guy was the guy who had legions - that is, thousands of demons in him. Everybody is scared of him; he was tearing himself and tearing anybody that went that way. He was a terrible man. Not even like a human being; he was a possessed person - possessed by thousands of demons literally tormenting him, trying to kill him. Remember when Jesus chased the devils out of him, the devils came outand went into pigs, and the pigsran from the mountaintop, into the sea and they all died. I mean the whole town was stunned; this is what the devil was trying to do to the man. Just like it drove the pigs into the sea, it was trying to kill that man somehow. And that man was healed by Jesus. And look at this; and people were surprised to find him sitting at the feet of Jesus clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid. And the next verse says, They also who had seen it told them by what means he who had been demon-possessed was healed or delivered - here it is talking about deliverance. Now, deliverance from demons is also "Sozo". The word comes form "Sozo". And it says the man was sitting there; he had been demon possessed but now was healed. In my margin it says delivered; so "Deliverance" is "Sozo". Scofield was right. It is not just forgiveness of sin, it is deliverance also. This is why he says that one word contains so much in it. You should not look at it narrowly as just forgiveness of sin. This man was delivered from demon-possession. What is that? That is "Sozo". To say "Delivered", the word "Sozo" is used here.

Now turn to another interesting verse; in Acts chapter 4 verse 7. I want to help you to see that healing is indeed there in the package; it comes as a package. It's like you check into a hotel, it comes many times and some of the nicest hotels where they charge you an arm and a leg to stay there. It usually comes with a free breakfast. It's not free, you paid for it. But the thing is breakfast is included - don't believe anything is free, who gives anything free. Breakfast is included. So I always ask: is breakfast included? I don't want to miss out. Is breakfast included? Now if it's not included, I may eat if I want to; I may not it, if I don't want to. I just want to go in there; and just go and take few thing and put in my mount and taste and go one round at least because they are very nice. And I say to you breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks everything is included; joy, peace, happiness, healing for your body from head to toe is included; please understand that it is included. Sometimes these guys put it in small letters underneath - it is included. They have put them as grief's and sorrows, so you don't think it's included. That is the problem with the grief's and sorrows translation. He did not bear our griefs and sorrows, he bore our sickness and pains; it is included. You can believe God, to be free from sicknesses and to be free from pain; it is included in this great salvation that God obtained for us through the cross of Calvary.

Acts chapter 4 verse 7. You remember Peter and John went to the temple to pray after the day of Pentecost - church has started, they go into the temple to pray and there is a man that is usually begging there; born lame man - begging there. And Peter and John look at him and they said, "Silver and gold we do not have, but such as we have we give to you. Rise up and walk in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth", they said. And the man did not just rise up and walk; he leaped and jumped and ran and created a great show there. And it attracted people; 5000 people came to the Lord that day. So Peter and John - See some places, they don't like this stuff. Religious people don't like this stuff. So Peter and John were pulled up before an enquiring committee and they were asking them questions; and the question was this - verse 7 it says, When they had set them in the midst, they asked, "By what power or by what name have you done this? Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "Rulers of the people and elders of Israel - see the question. What is the question? By what have you done it? How did this happen? How did this man walk? Because he has never walked - how did he walk? And peter says filled with the holy spirit said to them, "Rulers of the people and the elders of Israel (he addresses them), if we this day are judged for a good deed done to a helpless man, by what means he has made well - if you are going to try and ascertain by what means we made him well Let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you"

- This is a stone which was rejected by you builders-he is talking about Jesus. You rejected him, which has become the chief cornerstone". - And now listen to 12: Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved - What happened there was a healing; they were asked to explain the healing. And he is explaining how the healing happened; he says it happened by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth whom you rejected and crucified. It happened in his name. And then he says, "In his name there is salvation. No other name is given". A healing happened, but he is now talking about salvation. In his name there is salvation; obviously in his mind he is including, as a whole package - the forgiveness of sin, healing; all of those things are included, as far as in his mind, he is including everything. He says, "You are asking me how this boy walks?" He says, "by the name of Jesus he is walking; because under heaven no other name is given other than the name of Jesus whereby men may be saved." So obviously healing is included in Salvation; since salvation is in the name of Jesus, this man is walking. So healing is part of salvation.

One more verse - I got to read this because this is a totally different issue. 2 Timothy chapter 4. So we saw that healing is there in salvation, deliverance from demonic powers is there in salvation and here again we saw healing in Acts chapter 4 in salvation; we saw plenty of that. So we know healing from sicknesses and deliverance from demonic possession are part of salvation. Now look at this; 2 Timothy chapter 4 verse 18 or 17 and 18: Paul is talking about the kind of troubles he had, what all people did to him by you know by coming against him; many places he was arrested, beaten and so on. He is talking about that when he says, But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me and that all the Gentiles might hear. Also I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion - in other words the devil who goes around seeking whom he may devour through these various circumstances and persecutions tried to literally have him devoured/finished, but the lord delivered me out of the mouth of the lion itself, he says. And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for his heavenly kingdom. - Here the deliverance and the preservation that he talks about is again Sozo. That is why Scofield says, salvation includes not just forgiveness of sin; it includes healing, deliverance from demonic possession; here deliverance from evil people who try to nail you, or try to kill you and so on. He is talking about preservation here; preservation is one of the blessings of the cross of Calvary. Salvation includes preservation also. How many of you need preservation? To be preserved from all kinds evil things. The Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me he says. Theword is "Sozo" there; very interesting.

Now since healing is provided, two ways in which we can easily appropriate healing. One is: turn to Romans chapter 8 and verse 11, But in the spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his spirit who dwells in you - he says in the New Testament times,in the new covenant, one great blessing is the Holy Spirit has become indwelling spirit. In the Old Testament ties he was a spirit that descended upon certain men, anointed them, gave certain men ability to do certain things, to prophecy, to do some miracles and so on; but he was doing it from outside - from time to time he would come upon them and work through them mighty things; but never indwelt any one of them. But in the New Covenant time, since the blood of the Jesus has been shed; our heart has been cleansed and our heart has become the temple of the Holy Ghost, now the Holy Spirit has become an indwelling spirit. And who is the Holy Spirit? He says he is the one that raised Jesus from the dead. When Jesus died he was put in a grave, on the third day he rose again. Why? Because the Holy Spirit gave him life.

How can the Holy Spirit give life to a lifeless body? Turn with to Genesis chapter 2 verse 7, And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. - Remember the making of man; in the beginning God made man out of the dust of the ground. Just the body was formed out of the dust - now it is the dust body - clay body. That's all. No life in it. How did life come into that clay? Body was formed, no life in it. How did life come? God breathed into his breathe life. The Holy Spirit is the one that quickens Adam's body with life; Adam became a living being. The clay body became a living functioning, miraculous marvelous body; the Holy Spirit is amazing; He is the life giver. When God breathed into his nostrils, the breathe of life - that is the Holy Spirit. Now the Holy Spirit goes even further back; Look at chapter 1 of Genesis verses 1 and 2 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. - see in the beginning God made the heaven and the earth, then the earth was not in the finished condition; it was without form, it was empty and it was full of darkness. I envisioned it like that. It's like you know, you got all the parts and pieces, but it is not put together yet. All the parts and pieces are there but it is not put together as a harmonious whole - it is not functioning. It is there, God has created, but it has to be still further put together as a harmonious functioning entity. It has not been done, so it unfinished. So there is chaos, emptiness and darkness. So it's all laying around there. God has created heaven and earth, it's all there, but it's not a harmonious whole functioning properly. And the spirit of God was hovering over that place upon the face of the waters. In the midst of the darkness, chaos and emptiness, the spirit of the Lord was hovering.

Whenever the spirit of God hovers over anything that means he is getting ready to change everything. Right after all that what happens, verse 3 says, God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. And after that every other sentence is, Let there be this...let there be that... whatever He said it became. What was happening is when the word was spoken, see the word was spoken saying, "Let there be light", and the Holy Spirit brought light; the word was spoken saying, "Let there be firmament" - and the Holy Spirit caused it to happen. Whatever the word says the Holy Spirit works with the word to make things happen; that's why the Holy Spirit was waiting and hovering for the order to be given/the word to be spoken. Now when Paul says in Romans 8, if the same spirit that raised Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he will quicken in your mortal bodies; you need to take all these into account. He means not only just the spirit that raised Jesus from the dead, but the spirit that brought everything together and made the world a harmonious whole so that it functions so beautifully - this marvelous thing called the world created by God; the sun, moon and the stars, the earth, the rivers, the lakes and the seas, and all of these things functioning beautifully together, purposely and meaningfully put together in that harmonious orderly manner. Who did it? The Holy Spirit did it; and that same Holy Spirit lives in you. The Holy Spirit that gave life to Adam who was just clay; just a body was formed, no life; and life came in when the Holy Spirit was breathed in. That same spirit raised Jesus from the dead. That same spirit lives in you. So I said to you, "The healer is in you" - that is the point that he is making. If that spirit dwells in you, he will quicken you also: that is what he is saying. Paul is saying, "If that same spirit"; I like the word, "Same spirit". If that same spirit that worked in creation, that worked in creating Adam, if the same spirit that raised Jesus from the day, dwell in you, he will quicken your mortal body.

How many of you believe if he can give life, he can make the body right? The body came into being through the Holy Spirit; in-breathing of the Holy Spirit. The body was made by the Holy Spirit literally. When you see the trucks/lorries running in our country, it would say 'body by so and so'. Who built the body? In our body it is written: "Body by the Holy Spirit". You got any problem with his body, the best place to take is to him, the maker - because he made it, He can fix it. If anything goes wrong with it, He can fix it. If he can fix the whole world and make it into a wonderfully functioning unit, he can certainly take this little body and work with it; whatever goes wrong, whatever chaos, emptiness or darkness prevails upon the body, He can make it right. He is the healer; the healer is in you. God didn't say I have got a healer over there I will give you his address you go and stand in line there, and go get a token. No, Christians are like that you know. God said the healer is in you; I have put the healer in you. God is so good. You don't even have to go one inch away to get healing - he is in you. He will quicken your mortal bodies. Some people would say,"I need that bottle of oil brother", "I need that little handkerchief, please send me" Then I realized that some people for the lack of faith and lack of knowledge they need all kinds of things as anaid -additional aid. But if you really understand that the healer is in you, you don't need all of those things. You don't need all those things at all. If the healer is in your, you think the handkerchief is better than the healer?

I went somewhere to preach and at end of preaching one whole line stood for prayer; everybody had a bottle of oil - every single one had a bottle of oil. So I didn't know what to do. The line was too big, and everybody had oil. Big confusion you know. That was the first time I was preaching there. So I called the first lady and I couldn't speak their language also; there was a translator. I said, "What is wrong with the oil?"Because she was handing the oil to me. She said, "No, no, something is wrong with me only". "Then why do you want prayer for the oil? I will pray for you instead of praying for the oil", I said. She just looked at me and said, "Where are you coming from?" I mean, that is what she is thinking; "What kind of preacher are you". "You don't need to pray for the oil, I will pray for you". And after that everyone tucked their oil back in the bags. No prayer for the oil, we will pray for you; nothing wrong with the oil. She said, "I will take it and keep it home. Whenever I get sick I will put a little bit of the oil". Why do you need that? The same spirit that raised Jesus from the dead dwell in you, and he will quicken your mortal body. God does not left to you to depend on one bottle of oil. He has put the Holy Spirit, who gave life, inside of you. And he will quicken your mortal bodies. He is in you.

Everybody say: "The healer is in me. He everyday quickens me with life; from the top of my head to the bottom of my feet. He quickens my body with new life and strength, and health" That is the truth. But the other thing is the word of God. See in the beginning also what made the whole world - the spirit of God and the word of God; word was spoken the spirit set everything right. Whatever the word said, the spirit caused it to happen. That is the whole world was made. So when you want healing, how does it happen? God says, "He sends his word and heals them all"

But let me read this one verse and we close; and that is Proverbs chapter 4. You know some people would go to the doctor and they come back with that prescription and I know some people personally; that carry the transcription like the carry the bible. They will put it safely in their pocket, keep it very safe. Every now and then, they will meditate on it. Look at it and meditate on it. And they are very meticulous in observing what the doctor said, and I appreciate them for that; because there are some people that don't anything; they don't do what the doctor says, they don't do what the bible says also. They don't read the bible nor the prescription. That is bad; you need to do what the doctor says; the doctor is for you. And he is trying to bring healing to you. But the thing is these people treat it like the word of God. Half an hour before they take the tablet; and tell the wife, exactly half an hour I want the meal on the table, because I am taking the tablet now. So she is all tensed up making the stuff, you know getting all ready and he sits there exactly on the dot, half an hour, he sits there and he eats. And then as soon as he eats he is waiting for another half an hour because he has to take another tablet, after half an hour. And after half an hour he says, bring that tablet... and then he goes on and on, and on like this; because meticulously he follows. Now for those of you who likes to follow meticulously I would like to give a wonderful description from the greatest doctor that we have, that you can follow; and you can take home today and follow:

And chapter 4 verse 20. Listen to this: My son, give attention to my words, incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart - four things are said here; give attention to my words (everybody say this with me) - Give attention to my words, incline your ears to my sayings, don't let them depart from your eyes, keep them in the midst of your heart. He is telling you what to do with the word of God because the word is full of life; man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. What do you with the word of God? Listen, incline your ears, don't let it depart from your eyes, keep them in the midst of your heart. Why? The result will be this; verse 22 says For they are life to those who find them. Find what? And health to all their flesh - they are life to those who find them. Find what? Find the word of God. You found today that Isaiah 53 is actually saying that God had Christ bear your sickness and your pain, your infirmities, your weaknesses, your illnesses. God put it on Jesus, you heard it today. You heard today how important it is to realize that he himself bore it; surely he, unbelievable; the son of God. The perfect son of God himself, bore it. That is why it says; for those who find them - you got to find them; how would you find... if you never go to church and listen to any kind of message that has anything like it. How will you find it? You got to find the truth; you got to search for it. Find it, listen, give ear to it. Keep them before your eyes and in the midst of your heart. And then when you do it - when you find it; I found many many many truths. When you find it you put them in the midst of your heart, and guard them; because they are life and health to all the flesh; that means from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet. It is life and health. Can you buy life and health for millions of dollars out there in the world? No I wish we could buy it; but we can't buy it. Priceless possession of healing, and health, and life is given to you by God through the cross of Calvary administered daily by the indwelling spirit, and by the word of God that must be put in your heart, to which you pay attention. Amen." class="form-control valid" name="videotranscript" id="videotranscript" required>Please turn with me to Isaiah chapter 53 verse 4-6: Surely he has born our griefs and carried our sorrows yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God and afflicted.But his 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. All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

We have been looking at this great truth about the power of the blood of Jesus. We have particularly have been talking about how to appropriate what the blood of Jesus has done and obtained for us through the death of Jesus on the cross of Calvary. So, with regard to that we looked at Revelation 12:10-11, where we read that the saints overcame Satan by the blood of the Lamb, and the word of their testimony. Three things were involved in taking victory over Satan: the blood of the Lamb, the word of God and the testimony of the people of God about what the blood of the Lamb has done; three things are involved in taking victory: One, is the blood of the lamb, the other is the word of God and what it teaches concerning what the blood of Jesus has done and the testimony of the people - the testimony of the people is very important even though the blood of Jesus has been shed on the cross 2,000 years ago; and even though the word of God teaches it from cover to cover concerning what the blood of Jesus had done, nothing would be really appropriated and experienced personally - the power of the blood of Jesus will not be experienced personally unless and until we begin to testify or confess these things. So we are going to talk about that; and I showed you how without knowing what the blood of Jesus has done - without knowing what the bible teaches concerning the blood of Jesus and the cross, and what it has done for us, we cannot claim and testify, and confess these things to appropriate the power of that shed blood. So we began to talk about the things that it has done: the blood of Jesus has done: One is, we have forgiveness of sins - we talked about it the last two weeks.

And today I want to talk about healing. So in Isaiah chapter 53 verse 4, the matter of healing is stated in this way: Surely he has born our griefs and carried our sorrows - two words are used here; griefs and sorrows. These two words are translated in this way; but they say the proper way to translate them is to translate them as "sickness and pains". The very same Hebrew words that are translated here as grief's and sorrows, appear in about 19 other places in the Old Testament. In all instances it is translated as sickness, disease, infirmities, painsand so on; only along those lines; always referring to some kind of a physical condition. Only in this place, in Isaiah 53 out of the 19 places, only in this place does it say that it's griefs and sorrows - in a general term it is translated. Now you may say well griefs and sorrows may include sickness and infirmities, and pains and diseases and so on; yeah very well. But I think in this way; disguising it behind these general words that are not very particularly pointing to this sickness and pains being carried on the cross - if you don't do that particularly then people stand to lose out on that blessing - when people read this they think it's some kind of griefs and sorrow, something in general, some general trouble it looks like. But specifically it really means sickness, or disease and pains or infirmities; and that is how it is translated in all other places. I don't why they have translated here in Isaiah 53. Now the result of this is - that is the result of him carrying our sickness and our pain is that: the next verse says, verse 5 says in the end By his stripes we are healed - the point that Isaiah is trying to make is that he was wounded physically, so that we may be healed also physically . So we are going to look at this "By his stripes we are healed", he says. And the proper way to translate that also is this; "It was healed for us" or it can be translated as "healing was obtained for us". He bore our sickness and carried our pain and through that, healing was obtained for us. That is the way it is meant to come out. He bore our sickness and our pain so that healing was obtained for us on the cross of Calvary.

Alright now people really object to the fact that we are saying that this is sickness and pain instead of griefs and sorrows. They say, "Well how can he change that so easily". So let's look into it and really try to show that it is sickness and pain and not just some general griefs and sorrows. I told you how the Hebrew words from which these things are translated are always translated as sickness and pains. But none of us know Hebrew here. So let's leave the Hebrew. There is another way to look at it that you can be very sure of; and that is, when you interpret the bible especially the Old Testament passages or verses which you don't understand, one of the things to check and see is, to see whether that verse is quoted for some reason or used for some reason in the New Testament and see how it is used; and here we have two instances in the New Testament where Isaiah 53:4 particularly is quoted - 4 and 5 is quoted in some form. So let me take you to that because there is a principle of bible interpretation that says scripture interprets scripture. It's not that you have to have Greek and Hebrew to understand the bible; how would a common man understand the bible then. One of the basic principles of interpretation is that scripture itself interprets scripture so that whatever you don't understand in the Old Testament or anywhere, even in the New Testament, there are other scriptures that help you interpret it correctly; particularly in the case of the Old Testament, many Old Testament verses are used in the New Testament, therefore you can look at it and see what was meant there in the Old Testament in case you are uncertain about it.

So let's go to those two passages; there are two passages in the New Testament that in form quotes verse 4 and 5. So let's go first to Matthew's gospel chapter 8. Now this is not an academic exercise, we are not just trying to prove something here for academic purposes; this is a real issue - the issues of sickness, the issues of not dying but living to show forth the glory of God. This is a serious issue. The issue is: Did Jesus carry our sickness and our pains on the cross of Calvary? Did he bear it? Did he do something about it? If he did, then I should know about it, so that I can claim it. It's very sad if he did something and what he did has been deposited, credited to my account somewhere but I don't know anything about it. And what happens is that then I don't receive anything benefit from it, even though it has been amply deposited somewhere. I often at times say if somebody deposited 100crores in your name, in some bank account somewhere, you still need to know which bank, what account number and certain details about it so that you go and claim it. Until you find that out you can be starving and dying without any money. You will not be able to use even 1 cent of that 100 crores or millions that are deposited in your account. You cannot even use 1 cent unless you know where it is, what bank account, certain details about it. So biblical truths are like that. We cannot play with this thing, we cannot simply say, "Well let's not go through the academic exercise; let's not go through some interpretation things and so on. Let's forget..." No, no! It is important; because we need to ascertain whether healing is there or not for us, whether healing has been purchased, obtained for us. When he shed his blood - every drop of his blood has been shed; he was wounded from the top of his head to bottom of his feet. You think it is for nothing? You think nothing came out of that, for that the son of God came and suffered such agony? Something really happened:What happened for my spirit? What happened for my soul? What happened for my body? What was obtained for me there? It is very important because it is a healing issue. And healing is much more than 100 crores. Now people hearing from other countries may not know what 100crores.Say 100 million. Healing is much more than 100 million.

I heard about a man dying in America found out that he was going to die in a few months. And he is a very rich man, simply rolling out hundreds of thousands of dollars every day in income and he said it is his wealth. Too bad you know I got everything planned for the next 10 years - I have got projects going, and I have got great vision for the next 10 years. And what will I do now, I am going to die in a few months; can anybody spare me 10 years? Give me 10 years; I will pay any amount they ask each day. If they can give me 1 day, and charge me for it, I am willing to pay for it. Money is nothing to me. I can make a lot of money, he says. But I want life, I want health, I want healing; can anybody give some health for me, life for me, for one day. You charge whatever you want, I will give. Like that I want 10 years of life. Nobody was able forward to give him life, even though many people would have if they can. Nobody could, so nobody came and he had to die. Your 100 million in the bank cannot get you health, your 100 million in the bank cannot get you not 10 years, even 10 days, or 10 minutes also, or 10 seconds also. But the cross of Calvary and the blood of Jesus that has been shed there obtained for us healing that is priceless. You cannot talk about healing in a very ordinary way.

Some people when you talk about the issue of healing - you know they don't believe in the healing and all that. And theysay, "Well I don't believe in that". Then I say, "Wait until you get sick". You don't believe in that. You are kidding me. You will start believing in that when you get terribly sick or when you get some incurable illness or something, you will get serious and you will want healing. You will go somewhere where somebody will tell you something about healing, or somebody is able to help you get healed. You will be ready to spend any kind of money, do anything to get healing. Healing is priceless; you cannot attach a price tag to it. Not a 100 million, not thousand million, billion - nothing. It is priceless; this priceless thing has been made our possession, it has been obtained for us on the cross of Calvary. That is the kind of truth we are talking about. Don't think it is an academic exercise. Sometimes you just have to go through the whole thing of interpreting it so that we can ascertain what is ours. It is so important because the issue is so huge and big; it is priceless.

So let us look at the Matthew's gospel chapter 8 and verse 16 and 17: Now Matthew has a way in which he presents his gospel. Every gospel writer has his own unique features; and one of unique feature of Matthew is this: he usually states something that Jesus did: a healing or something that he said or did, or something that happens in the ministry and life of Jesus; he tells the story or tells the fact and then he says, "This happened so that the prophecy of so and so in the Old Testament can come to pass or can be fulfilled". This is a difficult pattern of Matthew - he is trying to impress upon the Jewish audience to whom he is writing that Jesus was the Messiah that we were expecting. The Old Testament is full of him, it talks about him. And his life events show that he is the one who fulfilled all those expectations of the messiah that was foretold in the Old Testament; so he is trying to show that Jesus is the Messiah to the Jewish people. Therefore, he often quotes Old Testament - says, "This happened in his life so that the words of that prophet there may be fulfilled" Now he uses the same pattern here: Look at this chapter 8:16: When evening had come, they brought to him many who are demon possessed. And he cursed out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick. - Now you can imagine the scene: all kinds of sick people were brought; demon possessed people are brought and he healed all who were sick - that is very important to notice. Everybody that came to him he healed. And then look at how he comments; he takes his pattern here. He says, "He healed all who were sick that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of by Isaiah the prophet, saying he himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses".

Now where does Isaiah say that he himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses - where does Isaiah say? Isaiah says it in Isaiah 53:4 - on that everyone is agreeing. Nobody disagrees, because there is no other passage that even comes close to this quotation. He says this healing event in the life of Jesus where he healed everybody that came to him - happened so that what was spoken by Isaiah might be fulfilled. What did Isaiah speak? He said, "He himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses". Now, we read Isaiah just now, it says, "He bores our griefs and carried our sorrows". How can Matthew say, "He himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses" It is not a quotation; this is more like an interpretation. It seems like that he is not even saying the same words - there it says, "griefs and sorrows" (in English), here it says, "Infirmities and sickness". Is he is talking about something else. Are you sure he is talking about Isaiah 53:4?On that everyone has agreed. Yes it is Isaiah 53:4, nothing else. Then why is he quoting it differently? It is because Isaiah has read the Hebrew Old Testament; he is a Jew. He has read the Hebrew Old Testament. I told you in the Hebrew language, the words that are translated as "griefs and sorrows" in English, in Isaiah 53:4, they come from two Hebrew words and those words are always translated as sickness, diseases, infirmities, weakness and so on - always related to physical sickness. That is how it is translated. And Matthew certainly as a Jew who read Hebrew, knew that. So when he read Isaiah 53:4 in Hebrew, he translates it now; he doesn't know English and he doesn't know Tamil. He translates it; now directly from Hebrew and he says, "He himself took our infirmities and carried our sorrows"

Do you believe in Matthew? I believe in Matthew. Matthew is not telling us to lie here. He is not trying to tell us something that didn't happen. He read Isaiah 53:4. To us in English there translated as "griefs and sorrows", but this man knows Hebrew. You and I don't know Hebrew - we are not such experts in Hebrew: if we knew it - a little bit. We can only rely on English and they say, "griefs and sorrows". But the man who knew Hebrew and translated it says, "Believe me Isaiah said- He himself carried our infirmities and carried our sickness or bore our sickness" I believe in Matthew's interpretation of it or translation of it; because it is not only because it is Matthew, it is because he is a spirit-inspired writer of the gospel also. The Holy Spirit is telling us Isaiah is really saying that Jesus on the cross of Calvary bore our infirmities and our sickness, our pains, our illnesses related to the body - these issues related to the body. That is what it is talking about. Inspired writer - the spirit-inspired writer Matthew says that this is the meaning of it. That settles it for me. Now I know for sure. Yes. I must read Isaiah 53:4 in the same way that Matthew read it, not to miss out on that, because this is such an important issue. This is healing, I cannot play with it. This will mean the difference between whether I will live or die. Am I going to live and not die, and show forth the glory of God? Am I going to survive? I am going to hang on to this truth, and believe in this truth, and claim this and make this mine or I am going to let this go. And say, "Well I don't know what this means. I don't really care". No, if you are sick, you will really care. And you really hope he said, "sickness and pain". You really hope that it meant that he carried your sickness and pains so that you can be relieved from it. And I say to you the good news is that Jesus carried our infirmities and our sickness according to Matthew, the spirit-inspired writer.

But look at the way he put it; another important thing here; the way he puts it is very important. He says, He himself took our infirmities Now that also looks like it's a little bit different from Isaiah 53:4, because Isaiah 53:4, how does it start, It starts there as: Surely he bores our griefs and carried sorrows. "Surelyhe" that he begins it. Here Isaiah begins - at least in the English translation, "he himself" - is there a difference? Is he misquoting? Is that a difference? Here also he has read Hebrew and he understands what the "Surely he" all about. And I would explain what the "surely he" is all about. Now really when you write, you won't want to put words like 'surely' and so on, unless you really have to. "Surely" is a word that you don't want to use just like that unless you want to emphasize something, some subject there. Here in Isaiah 53:4the emphasize is upon "he" - the one who carried our sickness and pain. Isaiah wants to say, "Surely he carried our sickness and pain" - so the"surely"is the emphasize upon the person who carried our sickness and pain, to emphasize the "he"; to emphasize that it was Jesus who carried - he doesn't want to simply say, "He carried our griefs and sorrows or he carried our sickness and pain" - surely he; it was he. The point is it was 'he'. No one else, it was he. It was the son of God, the redeemer, the one who came to save us, the one who hung on the cross; it was "he" - "Surely he" (that is the point). The "surely" emphasizes the "he"; but then in the Hebrew they say, when you write that verse in Hebrew - Isaiah 53:4, they need not put in the "he" also; because the "he" is part of the verb itself. The sentence itself; without "he" you can write the sentence it seems.

In Hebrew, Latin and certain other languages, the "he" is not necessary there. It just comes in the whole thing as a baggage. You don't have to specifically mention the "he". It is sometimes mentioned, the pronoun is sometimes added, even though it is not necessary - if an emphasis upon the pronoun is necessary; if an emphasis is necessary to show that you want to emphasize "he". So again, by saying "surely", is emphasized who bore - that Jesus the son of God bore our sickness and pain; and by putting in the "he" this is a double emphasis - "Surely he".

Last week we had a group come and sing here. And they sang "Handel's Messiah". There is one section that comes that says, "Surely he" - that is Isaiah 53:4. And they sang it as "Surely, surely he". All of a sudden I thought "Surely, surely he". I think he has got the idea what it's am trying to say. He wants to put that double emphasis and give it the emphasis it has in the original - "surely, surely he"; so double emphasis is given there. Why that double emphasis? Why so much emphasis upon who bore it? - the fact that he bore it. Why so much emphasis upon that person? Because it is important who bore it. If someone bore it, they may not have done such a splendid job of it. If someone bore they may not have really put it away. If someone bore it they may not have done such a perfect job to it. The person who bore it is important; that is why "the surely he". The person who bore it is none else, but the God appointed redeemer; the son of the living God; God son himself taking human flesh and coming into this world. God didn't trust any man to do it; God didn't trust anyone of us to do it - we may not have blundered; we may not have done such a good job. If anyone of us had to bear everybody's sickness and pain, may not be such a good job - not such a perfect job.

And we cannot say, "Surely he"; because you can't really know whether he did the right job or not. But since he did it, and he can make no mistake about it, since he did it and he is so perfect; since he did it and there is nothing wrong with him - he is the sinless perfect son of God - since he did it, Isaiah emphasizes the fact with the inspiration of the spirit. And Matthew emphasizes the fact also. And they both say, "Surely he". Isaiah says "Surely he" (at least in the English language it is translated like that). And that is what Matthew translates as, "He himself". It's a way of giving double emphasis. He can simply say, "He bore or he took our infirmities and carried our sickness". He took it, he could have said; but no, he wants to emphasize who it is that took it. Because that is very important - that assures as that everything is alright. He really took it - he really did away with it. He himself; so everyone that is sick, everyone that depends on God for healing; everyone that is looking for healing today and relief from our sickness and our pain, must realize that he himself took it. Not anyone else; he himself. Everybody say, "He himself" - he took my infirmity; he himself took my infirmity; it is one thing to say "he took it - it's another thing to say, "He himself took it". He himself took it upon himself. That means it is put away, it is done away, it is done with. He has done a perfect job and you can trust on it.

Now, go to 1st Peter chapter 2. This is another passage where Isaiah is again quoted. Let me read from verses 22, but we are going to look verse 24 - just to show you that he is talking about the cross and the suffering of Jesus there. Let's read from verse 22; talking about Jesus, Peter says, Who committed no sin, nor was deceit found on his mouth. Who when he was reviled,did not revile in his return, when he suffered, he did not threaten, but committed himself to him who judges righteously - And now listen, who himself bore our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness - by whose stripes you were healed - Now, here a lot of people read this and they say, "Well this is not talking about sickness at all. This is talking about sin; because he says, "Who himself or he himself" - he uses that same expression. He has got it from Isaiah 53 - he has also read Isaiah 53 verse 4, that is why he also says, "He himself"; because Isaiah simply does not say "he took it" - he says, "He himself took it" or surely he is the way that he puts it there. Now he says, Who himself bore our sins in his own body on the tree - so it talks clearly bearing our sins here. That we having died to sins, might live for righteousness and then he adds there, by whose stripes we are healed. He adds verse 5 of Isaiah 53; the last line, by whose stripes we are healed - he has said there. Now a lot of people say well this is not talking about sickness; this is only talking about sins.

I remember last week when we talked about verse 6 of Isaiah 53, where I explained what it means so say that He had laid on him the iniquity of us all sin. That the Lord has laid on him - that is on Jesus, the iniquity of us all; the word "iniquity" I explained. Iniquity was laid on Jesus that means, not just sins was laid on him, but all the punishment and all the evil consequences that sin had brought upon man, was laid upon Jesus. And I proved it by going to Cain and showing you how after Cain murdered Abel, God comes to him; and He says to him, "Hereafter your field" (he was a farmer you see), he says, "You will work the field but your field will not yield its full strength" that means you are not going to have great harvest hereafter. You are going to work so hard, but get very little. It's really hitting him where it hurts. This is the punishment of sin; but the punishment is so difficult to bear really; He says, "Your field is not going to yield its full strength" And then he tells him, "You are going to go round like a vagabond". And then Cain himself says, "Well am afraid, when they see me they will kill me". So he is talking about fear; a torment that goes on in his mind; because he has murdered, that he may be murdered and so on; all of this is going on. And Cain says - in the middle of all this; when he hears his punishment he says, "This is unbearable. This is too hard for me to bear". - This punishment is too hard for me to bear. You see sin has brought punishment, and the punishment means all the evil consequences; all the results of sin.

Now when the bible says that Isaiah 53:6, he has laid, that is, God has laid on Jesus the iniquity of us all. The word "iniquity" in the Hebrew language means not just the sins or transgressions but all the punishment and evil the consequences of that sins - I explained to you last week. But I will say to you, by the same token. If sin has evil consequences and when God laid our sins upon Jesus, it meant that not only the sins but all the punishment of the evil consequences also were laid (if that is true), then by the same token I say to you that forgiveness of sin has good consequences; if sin has evil consequences/horrible consequences, forgiveness of sin then has some excellent consequences; some wonderful things because sins are forgiven; since sickness, and all these other things like poverty, and all of those things came as a result of sin, sin brought it a lot of evil things in the life of man. Adam sinned - and you read chapter 3 and verse 16 onwards, all the consequences of sin are mentioned there. Problem between him between him and his wife is mentioned there; problem in childbirth is mentioned there; problem in that work of his hands is mentioned there - that he will become a toil, he will sweat and he will be eat by sweat of his brawl; it is mentioned there. Even death is mentioned there. All the evil consequences that sin has brought is mentioned there. And I say to you sickness is one of the evil consequences that sin has brought, right. If that is so, I say to you, when sins are forgiven, legally and rightly and that too by the son of God himself, by him carrying it on the cross and shedding his blood, and paying the price that every drop of his blood was shed on the cross of Calvary for our sins; so that the apostle Paul says in Ephesians 1:7, We have redemption the forgiveness of sins through his blood, he says. The blood that was shed has brought redemption. What is redemption? He says the forgiveness of sin. What is forgiveness of sins? That is the ultimate; if sins are forgiven then everything is going to be alright; because the sins forgiven means that all the good consequences will follow. The evil consequences are thereby cancelled and good things are going to follow, as a result of sins being forgiven.

In 1 Peter chapter 2, verse 24, it says that He bore our sins in his own body of a tree. By whose stripes we are healed. It means yes, it is talking about sins only; but sin being forgiven, him carrying our sins on the cross/on the tree, has a wonderful consequence; and that consequence is that we are healed by his stripes. If it is true that he bore our sins at the cross of Calvary, the good thing that comes out of it is healing for our bodies also. And that is what is mentioned here. So we know for sure Isaiah 53:4 is certainly not just griefs and sorrows in general, but particularly: sickness, infirmities, pains and so on.

Now let's go to little more to explain this: The word "Salvation" itself is a very interesting word. The word salvation comes from a Greek word "Sozo" - not "Soso". People use the word "soso" to mean "not bad", We say, "How is it going" - they say, "Soso" that means not good, not bad also; somewhere in the middle, just a little better than very bad. That is what it means. But salvation is not "Soso salvation", it is "Sozo salvation". "Sozo" is a Greek word - which means that a lot more than just forgiveness of sin is there in salvation. I remember when I first went to college, my father gave me a bible called "Scofield bible" - I don't know if you have heard of it. He is a very great scholar. Scofield was a man -was a very great bible scholar and he has written a lot of notes and stuff in that bible. And it's a very expensive bible, and my father gaveit to me. And I had it and I read the bible; but the thing is I hardly ever noticed that. Until when I went to college and was sitting in one class, and one man was talking about salvation; the doctrine of salvation. He said in just passing, he said, "Even Scofield bible has this footnote that salvation includes all these things". And he mentioned healing, safety, deliverance and all of that - it is just not about forgiveness of sin but it's much more than sin; these other things are included in it. And Scofield himself mentions that, he says.

Now Scofield doesn't belong to our church. And he doesn't even belong to the kind of background that I come from where we believe in a lot of things. He is a very basic evangelical person; and he believes that salvation nevertheless includes all these things; that's very interesting to me. And I went and checked in my bible, it was so. In many places where the word "Salvation" occurs he puts the footnote saying it comes from the word "Sozo"and it means not just forgiveness of sins, but also safety, deliverance and so on; mentions a few things there.Then I began to study; and I learned that it indeed does include a lot of more than just forgiveness of sin. What a lot of churches have done is they have reduced this great salvation into a very small thing; just forgiveness of sins today and heaven tomorrow. But it is not so; it includes a lot more. Let me show a few verses here: Matthew's gospel chapter 9 verse 21, just to show you that salvation includes even healing and much more than healing also. So when you talk about salvation, you should not think that God has given us only forgiveness of sin.

Look at verse 21, it is talking about the woman who had the issue of blood- remember for 12 years, and Luke says that she went to all the doctors, put all of her money, and literally became poor by just going to the hospitals and trying out and nothing worked out, and he says she grew worse; after spending all the money, she grew worse. And then finally she came to Jesus. And when she came, she came like this: listen to this, But she said to herself, 'If only I may touch his garment, I shall be made well. But Jesus turned around, and when he saw her He said, "Be of good cheer, daughter, your faith has made you well. And the woman was made well from that hour. - You know where Jesus turns around and tells her Be of good cheer, daughter, your faith has made you well; you know what that "has made you well" comes from in Greek, Sozo; it means your faith has saved you.

This morning I was teaching twice in English the same subject; you know what the Tamil says, that Jesus turned around and says, "Your faith has saved you". That is how they have translated it. And here English translates it this way, that Jesus turned around and said, "Your faith has made you well" - so "is made you well" and "saved" the same thing? Is it possible that in saving you, making you well also is included? Only that that is included can he use it like this interchangeably. It is translated as "made you well" here, it is translated as "saved you" there. So Sozo includes healing also, as a very basic thing. Not just forgiveness of sin, not just salvation in that sense, but healing also.

Now let us go to another verse also; Mark chapter 6 verse 56 - see what we have to go through to make sure that people get the point that we have healing; I am not trying to give you an academic lesson here. I am trying to give you the truth that indeed healing is yours, please believe it, please receive it. It is waiting for you, it is has been deposited for you, it is in your account - it is your blood bought possession. It has been purchased for you, obtained for you by the shed blood of Jesus. This is not some academic thing I am going through here. I am trying to show you that healing, you must believe it. I am just trying to tell you don't be sick - don't settle down with sickness, strive for healing; believe for healing; stand up and resist and insist that healing is yours and possess it. And do not quit until you possess it; that is what i am trying to say.

So chapter 6 verse 56 Wherever he entered into villages, cities or the country, they laid the sick in the market places and begged him that they may just touch the helm of his garment - Christians mostly think that only that one woman touched the helm of his garment and she was made well. No, some places they brought sick people and put them there and asked him to permit people to touch the helm of his garment. So crowds of people were touching the helm of his garment sometimes and were getting healed; and that what it says here. And as many as touched him they were made well. That made wellis again "Sozo". It's translated as "made well" So again, that word "Sozo" which means salvation carries healing in it.

Luke chapter 8 - go to Luke chapter 8 and verse 35 and 36, Then they went out to see what had happened, and came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid.- You know who this guy was? This guy was the guy who had legions - that is, thousands of demons in him. Everybody is scared of him; he was tearing himself and tearing anybody that went that way. He was a terrible man. Not even like a human being; he was a possessed person - possessed by thousands of demons literally tormenting him, trying to kill him. Remember when Jesus chased the devils out of him, the devils came outand went into pigs, and the pigsran from the mountaintop, into the sea and they all died. I mean the whole town was stunned; this is what the devil was trying to do to the man. Just like it drove the pigs into the sea, it was trying to kill that man somehow. And that man was healed by Jesus. And look at this; and people were surprised to find him sitting at the feet of Jesus clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid. And the next verse says, They also who had seen it told them by what means he who had been demon-possessed was healed or delivered - here it is talking about deliverance. Now, deliverance from demons is also "Sozo". The word comes form "Sozo". And it says the man was sitting there; he had been demon possessed but now was healed. In my margin it says delivered; so "Deliverance" is "Sozo". Scofield was right. It is not just forgiveness of sin, it is deliverance also. This is why he says that one word contains so much in it. You should not look at it narrowly as just forgiveness of sin. This man was delivered from demon-possession. What is that? That is "Sozo". To say "Delivered", the word "Sozo" is used here.

Now turn to another interesting verse; in Acts chapter 4 verse 7. I want to help you to see that healing is indeed there in the package; it comes as a package. It's like you check into a hotel, it comes many times and some of the nicest hotels where they charge you an arm and a leg to stay there. It usually comes with a free breakfast. It's not free, you paid for it. But the thing is breakfast is included - don't believe anything is free, who gives anything free. Breakfast is included. So I always ask: is breakfast included? I don't want to miss out. Is breakfast included? Now if it's not included, I may eat if I want to; I may not it, if I don't want to. I just want to go in there; and just go and take few thing and put in my mount and taste and go one round at least because they are very nice. And I say to you breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks everything is included; joy, peace, happiness, healing for your body from head to toe is included; please understand that it is included. Sometimes these guys put it in small letters underneath - it is included. They have put them as grief's and sorrows, so you don't think it's included. That is the problem with the grief's and sorrows translation. He did not bear our griefs and sorrows, he bore our sickness and pains; it is included. You can believe God, to be free from sicknesses and to be free from pain; it is included in this great salvation that God obtained for us through the cross of Calvary.

Acts chapter 4 verse 7. You remember Peter and John went to the temple to pray after the day of Pentecost - church has started, they go into the temple to pray and there is a man that is usually begging there; born lame man - begging there. And Peter and John look at him and they said, "Silver and gold we do not have, but such as we have we give to you. Rise up and walk in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth", they said. And the man did not just rise up and walk; he leaped and jumped and ran and created a great show there. And it attracted people; 5000 people came to the Lord that day. So Peter and John - See some places, they don't like this stuff. Religious people don't like this stuff. So Peter and John were pulled up before an enquiring committee and they were asking them questions; and the question was this - verse 7 it says, When they had set them in the midst, they asked, "By what power or by what name have you done this? Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "Rulers of the people and elders of Israel - see the question. What is the question? By what have you done it? How did this happen? How did this man walk? Because he has never walked - how did he walk? And peter says filled with the holy spirit said to them, "Rulers of the people and the elders of Israel (he addresses them), if we this day are judged for a good deed done to a helpless man, by what means he has made well - if you are going to try and ascertain by what means we made him well Let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you"

- This is a stone which was rejected by you builders-he is talking about Jesus. You rejected him, which has become the chief cornerstone". - And now listen to 12: Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved - What happened there was a healing; they were asked to explain the healing. And he is explaining how the healing happened; he says it happened by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth whom you rejected and crucified. It happened in his name. And then he says, "In his name there is salvation. No other name is given". A healing happened, but he is now talking about salvation. In his name there is salvation; obviously in his mind he is including, as a whole package - the forgiveness of sin, healing; all of those things are included, as far as in his mind, he is including everything. He says, "You are asking me how this boy walks?" He says, "by the name of Jesus he is walking; because under heaven no other name is given other than the name of Jesus whereby men may be saved." So obviously healing is included in Salvation; since salvation is in the name of Jesus, this man is walking. So healing is part of salvation.

One more verse - I got to read this because this is a totally different issue. 2 Timothy chapter 4. So we saw that healing is there in salvation, deliverance from demonic powers is there in salvation and here again we saw healing in Acts chapter 4 in salvation; we saw plenty of that. So we know healing from sicknesses and deliverance from demonic possession are part of salvation. Now look at this; 2 Timothy chapter 4 verse 18 or 17 and 18: Paul is talking about the kind of troubles he had, what all people did to him by you know by coming against him; many places he was arrested, beaten and so on. He is talking about that when he says, But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me and that all the Gentiles might hear. Also I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion - in other words the devil who goes around seeking whom he may devour through these various circumstances and persecutions tried to literally have him devoured/finished, but the lord delivered me out of the mouth of the lion itself, he says. And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for his heavenly kingdom. - Here the deliverance and the preservation that he talks about is again Sozo. That is why Scofield says, salvation includes not just forgiveness of sin; it includes healing, deliverance from demonic possession; here deliverance from evil people who try to nail you, or try to kill you and so on. He is talking about preservation here; preservation is one of the blessings of the cross of Calvary. Salvation includes preservation also. How many of you need preservation? To be preserved from all kinds evil things. The Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me he says. Theword is "Sozo" there; very interesting.

Now since healing is provided, two ways in which we can easily appropriate healing. One is: turn to Romans chapter 8 and verse 11, But in the spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his spirit who dwells in you - he says in the New Testament times,in the new covenant, one great blessing is the Holy Spirit has become indwelling spirit. In the Old Testament ties he was a spirit that descended upon certain men, anointed them, gave certain men ability to do certain things, to prophecy, to do some miracles and so on; but he was doing it from outside - from time to time he would come upon them and work through them mighty things; but never indwelt any one of them. But in the New Covenant time, since the blood of the Jesus has been shed; our heart has been cleansed and our heart has become the temple of the Holy Ghost, now the Holy Spirit has become an indwelling spirit. And who is the Holy Spirit? He says he is the one that raised Jesus from the dead. When Jesus died he was put in a grave, on the third day he rose again. Why? Because the Holy Spirit gave him life.

How can the Holy Spirit give life to a lifeless body? Turn with to Genesis chapter 2 verse 7, And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. - Remember the making of man; in the beginning God made man out of the dust of the ground. Just the body was formed out of the dust - now it is the dust body - clay body. That's all. No life in it. How did life come into that clay? Body was formed, no life in it. How did life come? God breathed into his breathe life. The Holy Spirit is the one that quickens Adam's body with life; Adam became a living being. The clay body became a living functioning, miraculous marvelous body; the Holy Spirit is amazing; He is the life giver. When God breathed into his nostrils, the breathe of life - that is the Holy Spirit. Now the Holy Spirit goes even further back; Look at chapter 1 of Genesis verses 1 and 2 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. - see in the beginning God made the heaven and the earth, then the earth was not in the finished condition; it was without form, it was empty and it was full of darkness. I envisioned it like that. It's like you know, you got all the parts and pieces, but it is not put together yet. All the parts and pieces are there but it is not put together as a harmonious whole - it is not functioning. It is there, God has created, but it has to be still further put together as a harmonious functioning entity. It has not been done, so it unfinished. So there is chaos, emptiness and darkness. So it's all laying around there. God has created heaven and earth, it's all there, but it's not a harmonious whole functioning properly. And the spirit of God was hovering over that place upon the face of the waters. In the midst of the darkness, chaos and emptiness, the spirit of the Lord was hovering.

Whenever the spirit of God hovers over anything that means he is getting ready to change everything. Right after all that what happens, verse 3 says, God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. And after that every other sentence is, Let there be this...let there be that... whatever He said it became. What was happening is when the word was spoken, see the word was spoken saying, "Let there be light", and the Holy Spirit brought light; the word was spoken saying, "Let there be firmament" - and the Holy Spirit caused it to happen. Whatever the word says the Holy Spirit works with the word to make things happen; that's why the Holy Spirit was waiting and hovering for the order to be given/the word to be spoken. Now when Paul says in Romans 8, if the same spirit that raised Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he will quicken in your mortal bodies; you need to take all these into account. He means not only just the spirit that raised Jesus from the dead, but the spirit that brought everything together and made the world a harmonious whole so that it functions so beautifully - this marvelous thing called the world created by God; the sun, moon and the stars, the earth, the rivers, the lakes and the seas, and all of these things functioning beautifully together, purposely and meaningfully put together in that harmonious orderly manner. Who did it? The Holy Spirit did it; and that same Holy Spirit lives in you. The Holy Spirit that gave life to Adam who was just clay; just a body was formed, no life; and life came in when the Holy Spirit was breathed in. That same spirit raised Jesus from the dead. That same spirit lives in you. So I said to you, "The healer is in you" - that is the point that he is making. If that spirit dwells in you, he will quicken you also: that is what he is saying. Paul is saying, "If that same spirit"; I like the word, "Same spirit". If that same spirit that worked in creation, that worked in creating Adam, if the same spirit that raised Jesus from the day, dwell in you, he will quicken your mortal body.

How many of you believe if he can give life, he can make the body right? The body came into being through the Holy Spirit; in-breathing of the Holy Spirit. The body was made by the Holy Spirit literally. When you see the trucks/lorries running in our country, it would say 'body by so and so'. Who built the body? In our body it is written: "Body by the Holy Spirit". You got any problem with his body, the best place to take is to him, the maker - because he made it, He can fix it. If anything goes wrong with it, He can fix it. If he can fix the whole world and make it into a wonderfully functioning unit, he can certainly take this little body and work with it; whatever goes wrong, whatever chaos, emptiness or darkness prevails upon the body, He can make it right. He is the healer; the healer is in you. God didn't say I have got a healer over there I will give you his address you go and stand in line there, and go get a token. No, Christians are like that you know. God said the healer is in you; I have put the healer in you. God is so good. You don't even have to go one inch away to get healing - he is in you. He will quicken your mortal bodies. Some people would say,"I need that bottle of oil brother", "I need that little handkerchief, please send me" Then I realized that some people for the lack of faith and lack of knowledge they need all kinds of things as anaid -additional aid. But if you really understand that the healer is in you, you don't need all of those things. You don't need all those things at all. If the healer is in your, you think the handkerchief is better than the healer?

I went somewhere to preach and at end of preaching one whole line stood for prayer; everybody had a bottle of oil - every single one had a bottle of oil. So I didn't know what to do. The line was too big, and everybody had oil. Big confusion you know. That was the first time I was preaching there. So I called the first lady and I couldn't speak their language also; there was a translator. I said, "What is wrong with the oil?"Because she was handing the oil to me. She said, "No, no, something is wrong with me only". "Then why do you want prayer for the oil? I will pray for you instead of praying for the oil", I said. She just looked at me and said, "Where are you coming from?" I mean, that is what she is thinking; "What kind of preacher are you". "You don't need to pray for the oil, I will pray for you". And after that everyone tucked their oil back in the bags. No prayer for the oil, we will pray for you; nothing wrong with the oil. She said, "I will take it and keep it home. Whenever I get sick I will put a little bit of the oil". Why do you need that? The same spirit that raised Jesus from the dead dwell in you, and he will quicken your mortal body. God does not left to you to depend on one bottle of oil. He has put the Holy Spirit, who gave life, inside of you. And he will quicken your mortal bodies. He is in you.

Everybody say: "The healer is in me. He everyday quickens me with life; from the top of my head to the bottom of my feet. He quickens my body with new life and strength, and health" That is the truth. But the other thing is the word of God. See in the beginning also what made the whole world - the spirit of God and the word of God; word was spoken the spirit set everything right. Whatever the word said, the spirit caused it to happen. That is the whole world was made. So when you want healing, how does it happen? God says, "He sends his word and heals them all"

But let me read this one verse and we close; and that is Proverbs chapter 4. You know some people would go to the doctor and they come back with that prescription and I know some people personally; that carry the transcription like the carry the bible. They will put it safely in their pocket, keep it very safe. Every now and then, they will meditate on it. Look at it and meditate on it. And they are very meticulous in observing what the doctor said, and I appreciate them for that; because there are some people that don't anything; they don't do what the doctor says, they don't do what the bible says also. They don't read the bible nor the prescription. That is bad; you need to do what the doctor says; the doctor is for you. And he is trying to bring healing to you. But the thing is these people treat it like the word of God. Half an hour before they take the tablet; and tell the wife, exactly half an hour I want the meal on the table, because I am taking the tablet now. So she is all tensed up making the stuff, you know getting all ready and he sits there exactly on the dot, half an hour, he sits there and he eats. And then as soon as he eats he is waiting for another half an hour because he has to take another tablet, after half an hour. And after half an hour he says, bring that tablet... and then he goes on and on, and on like this; because meticulously he follows. Now for those of you who likes to follow meticulously I would like to give a wonderful description from the greatest doctor that we have, that you can follow; and you can take home today and follow:

And chapter 4 verse 20. Listen to this: My son, give attention to my words, incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart - four things are said here; give attention to my words (everybody say this with me) - Give attention to my words, incline your ears to my sayings, don't let them depart from your eyes, keep them in the midst of your heart. He is telling you what to do with the word of God because the word is full of life; man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. What do you with the word of God? Listen, incline your ears, don't let it depart from your eyes, keep them in the midst of your heart. Why? The result will be this; verse 22 says For they are life to those who find them. Find what? And health to all their flesh - they are life to those who find them. Find what? Find the word of God. You found today that Isaiah 53 is actually saying that God had Christ bear your sickness and your pain, your infirmities, your weaknesses, your illnesses. God put it on Jesus, you heard it today. You heard today how important it is to realize that he himself bore it; surely he, unbelievable; the son of God. The perfect son of God himself, bore it. That is why it says; for those who find them - you got to find them; how would you find... if you never go to church and listen to any kind of message that has anything like it. How will you find it? You got to find the truth; you got to search for it. Find it, listen, give ear to it. Keep them before your eyes and in the midst of your heart. And then when you do it - when you find it; I found many many many truths. When you find it you put them in the midst of your heart, and guard them; because they are life and health to all the flesh; that means from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet. It is life and health. Can you buy life and health for millions of dollars out there in the world? No I wish we could buy it; but we can't buy it. Priceless possession of healing, and health, and life is given to you by God through the cross of Calvary administered daily by the indwelling spirit, and by the word of God that must be put in your heart, to which you pay attention. Amen.

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