Standing before the crucified Christ, I dipped my finger in the blood on his forehead and smeared it across my own.
I dipped my finger in the blood on his hands and smeared it on my hands and arms. Taking blood from the wound in his side, I smeared it over my heart.
As tears ran down my cheeks, I thanked him for all he suffered on my behalf. I thanked him that the blood running from his wounds cleanses me of my sin and heals all my diseases.
As I thanked him for healing, I took more blood and rubbed it on my upper arm and shoulder. A recent injury left my shoulder stiff and painful.
Update: The pain and stiffness in my shoulder improved steadily until it healed completely without the aid of surgery or physical therapy.
Update 2023: Years later, I cannot recall which shoulder I injured.
“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” 1 Peter 2:24 (TNIV with emphasis added)
“And wherever he went—into villages, towns or countryside—they placed the sick in the marketplaces. They begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak, and all who touched him were healed.” Mark 6:56 (TNIV with emphasis added)
“He took on our sins in His body when He died on the cross so that we, being dead to sin, can live for righteousness. As the Scripture says, “Through His wounds, you were healed.” 1 Peter 2:24 (The Voice Translation)
“He used his servant body to carry our sins to the Cross so we could be rid of sin, free to live the right way. His wounds became your healing.” (1 Peter 2:24 MSG)
Why do I/we have faith to believe the first part, but have trouble believing the second part?
Even though I/we don’t see evidence of the forgiveness of sins and still have symptoms of sin, we don’t believe we are healed because our bodies still have symptoms.
We were healed at the same time we were forgiven. Therefore, we aren’t we just as healed as we are forgiven.
To receive forgiveness, we repent, ask, accept, and receive. Why don’t I/we accept and receive healing just as simply?
Once I/we repent and receive the gift of forgiveness, condemnation (still feeling guilty) is a lie from the accuser.
When I/we accept the gift of our healing, symptoms (still feeling sick) aren’t they also a lie? Pondering.