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“I am” says I am healed

April 11, 2018

The Verse of the Day for April 11, 2018 can be found in 1 Peter 2:24 in the New Living Translation:

He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed.

The New King James Version renders the verse this way:

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.

1 Peter 2:24 is actually a variation on Isaiah 53:5 (KJV):

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

The Verse of the Day also brings to mind the reality of the covenant that God made with the Children of Israel expressed in Exodus 15:26 (KJV):

And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee.

This verse was the inspiration behind the classic Don Moen song of worship:

“I am the God that healeth thee.”

The closing words of the verse inspiring this song include the phrase “I am. . .”,  bringing to mind a powerful life-changing message heard years ago related to our identity, as revealed in the Word of God. At the end of the message, the minister encouraged the congregation to make a list of qualities or attributes that the Bible declares us to be. I personalized the assignment and composed a list of metaphors which opened with the phrase:

“I am. . .”

I am light, the light of the world, sent forth to shine.

I am salt, the salt of the earth, full of savor.

I am alive in Christ; eternal life is mine.

I am blessed: in the midst of famine is favor.

I am trusting in the Lord; I am not afraid.

I am made whole in Christ; by His stripes I am healed.

I am so fearfully and wonderfully made.

I am redeemed, and by the Spirit I am sealed.

I am a sweet savor, a living sacrifice.

I am ever before Him, always on His mind.

I am clothed in righteousness, bought with a price.

I am His beloved, the one He runs to find.

I am cleansed and made whole by the blood of the Lamb.

I am, by the grace of God, what I am says I am.

Another Don Moen song “Jesus, You are My Healer” proclaims this truth: “By his stripes I am healed.”

The Verse of Day and other related verses along with the music of Don Moen remind me of who I am in light of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and I am healed.

Christ, our Passover Lamb

March 31, 2017

Isaiah 53-5

Verse of the Day for March 31, 2017 comes from Isaiah 53, the Old Testament passage that describes the Suffering Servant, the Messiah, who would be born to redeem Israel, as a just payment for the sins of all humanity:

Isaiah 53:5-6 (NLT):

But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all.

As the month of April begins to unfold, Christians across the globe will be moving toward “Holy Week” and the commemoration of events associated with the last week of Jesus Christ’s life on earth. Beginning with Palm Sunday, believers recall Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem leading up to his crucifixion, death, burial, and ultimate resurrection celebrated on the following Sunday.

During this same period, Jews around the world will be preparing for the start of Passover. The 8-day festival begins this year at Sundown on Monday, April 10 and ends on the evening of Tuesday, April 18. Passover, also known as Pesach,  commemorates the Jewish exodus from Egypt, as families traditionally gather for a Seder dinner, where they retell the story of the escape from slavery, through the plagues, and to the parting of the Red Sea.

The passage from Isaiah 53, also brings to mind a reference to the Passover Lamb found in the latter part of 1 Corinthians 5:7 (AMP)

Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new batch, just as you are, still unleavened. For Christ our Passover Lamb has been sacrificed.

Jesus Christ appears as a type, a foreshadowing of events to come, throughout the Old Testament, as in the case of the Passover Lamb and other aspects of the Seder, the traditional meal served as part of the observance of Passover. Comments regarding 2 Corinthians 5:7, posted on the home page of Logos Bible Software, remind us that Jesus Christ died at the precise time that the Passover Lamb was slain.

The celebrated passage from Isaiah 53 and its connection to 1 Corinthians 5:7 also bring to mind a most memorable intersection of Good Friday and  the Passover which occurred in 1998 as I was partaking of Holy Communion at that time. That particular experience inspired the following:

Christ, our Passover Lamb

Isaiah 53

“For Christ our Passover Lamb has been sacrificed.

2 Corinthians 5:7b          

 

Cursed with a curse, He was hung on a tree.

The suffering servant bartered for a price,

Battered and bruised for our iniquity.

Behold the Lamb, unblemished sacrifice,

Offered once, Jesus Christ, our Passover.

Afflicted, stricken, smitten that God should

Freely pour out His mercy, moreover,

Lay on Him the chastisement of our peace.

From His side flowed water and sinless blood,

A new covenant established that we might cease

From dead works by a new and living way.

God’s good pleasure no longer concealed:

Man of sorrows, with His stripes we are healed.

Abiding in the presence of the Great I Am,

We are cleansed and made whole by the blood of the Lamb.

Isaiah 53 also brings to mind the reality of the covenant God made with the Children of Israel so expressed in Exodus 15:26:

And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee.

This verse was the inspiration behind the Don Moen song of worship: “I am the Lord that healeth thee,” a most appropriate way to close today’s entry.

By his stripes I am healed

April 11, 2016

1 Peter 2_24

Originally posted two years ago, the following blog entry has been revised and is re-posted here:

The Verse of the Day for April 11, 2016 is found in 1 Peter 2:24 in the Amplified Bible:

He personally carried our sins in His body on the cross [willingly offering Himself on it, as on an altar of sacrifice], so that we might die to sin [becoming immune from the penalty and power of sin] and live for righteousness; for by His wounds you [who believe] have been healed.

The verse is rendered this way in the King James Version:

Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

The Verse of the Day also brings to mind the reality of the covenant that God made with the Children of Israel expressed in Exodus 15:26:

And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee.

A recent blog entry spotlighted a verse from the Old Testament related to 1 Peter 2:24 which is a variation on Isaiah 53:5:

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

The blog entry entitled the “Portrait of the Suffering Servant” also mentioned Exodus 15:26 as the inspiration behind the Don Moen song of worship: “I am the Lord that healeth thee,” one of the songs featured on that particular post.

The phrase “I am. . .” also brought to mind a powerful life-changing message heard years ago related to our identity, as revealed in the Word of God. At the end of the message the minister encouraged the congregation to make a list of qualities or attributes that the Bible declares us to be. I personalized the assignment and composed a list of metaphors which opened with the phrase “I am.”

I AM says “I am” and all that I AM says “I am”

“I am. . .”

I am light, the light of the world, sent forth to shine.

I am salt, the salt of the earth, full of savor.

I am alive in Christ; eternal life is mine.

I am blessed: in the midst of famine is favor.

I am trusting in the Lord; I am not afraid.

I I am made whole in Christ; by His stripes I am healed.

I am so fearfully and wonderfully made.

I am redeemed, and by the Spirit I am sealed.

I am a sweet savor, a living sacrifice.

I am ever before Him, always on His mind.

I am clothed in righteousness, bought with a  price.

I am His beloved, the one He runs to find.

I am cleansed and made whole by the blood of the Lamb.

I am, by the grace of God, what He says I am.

Another Don Moen song “Jesus, You are My Healer” proclaims this truth: “By his stripes I am healed.”

The Verse of Day and the music of Don Moen remind me of who I am in light of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and I am healed.

Portrait of the Suffering Servant

March 31, 2016

Isaiah 53-5

Verse of the Day for March 31, 2016 comes from Isaiah 53, the Old Testament passage that describes the Suffering Servant, the Messiah who would be born to redeem Israel and serve as a just payment for the sins of humanity:

Isaiah 53:5-6

But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was crushed for our wickedness [our sin, our injustice, our wrongdoing]; the punishment [required] for our well-being fell on Him, and by His stripes (wounds) we are healed. All of us like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, each one, to his own way; But the Lord has caused the wickedness of us all [our sin, our injustice, our wrongdoing] to fall on Him [instead of us].

In a blog entry posted last week on Good Friday, I shared a poem inspired, in part, by the providential intersection of two most significant events that occurred when Good Friday and the beginning of Passover fell on the same day back in 1998. I mentioned that at that time I participated in Holy Communion at our church on Good Friday, and although I had received the Lord’s Supper on countless occasions prior, that particular experience inspired the poetic work in which I personalized the passage connected to the Suffering Servant:

Taking It Personally

Isaiah 53

Cursed with a curse, He was hung on a tree.
The suffering servant bartered for a price,
Battered and bruised for my iniquity.
Behold the Lamb, unblemished sacrifice,
Offered once, Jesus Christ, my Passover.
Afflicted, stricken, smitten that God should
Freely pour out His mercy, moreover,

Lay on Him the chastisement of my peace.
From His side flowed water and sinless blood,
A new covenant established that I might cease
From dead works by a new and living way.
God’s good pleasure no longer concealed
But memorialized this solemn day.
Man of sorrows, with His stripes I am healed
In spirit, mind and body, for I am
Quickened and cleansed by the blood of the Lamb.

Isaiah 53 also brings to mind the reality of the covenant that God made with the Children of Israel so expressed in Exodus 15:26:

And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee.

This verse was the inspiration behind the Don Moen song of worship: “I am the Lord that healeth thee,” a most appropriate way to close today’s entry:

I am healed

April 11, 2015

1-Peter-2--24

The Verse of the Day for April 11, 2015 is found in 1 Peter 2:24 (New Living Translation):

He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed.

The rendering of this verse in the New Living Translation brought to mind the providential intersection of two recent events when Good Friday and the beginning of Passover occurred on the same day a week ago, April 3, 2015.

I recall an experience that took place when a particular Good Friday coincided with the start of Passover 17 years ago. At that time I participated in Holy Communion at our church on Good Friday, and although I had received the Lord’s Supper on countless occasions prior, that particular experience inspired a poem which alluded to the verse from 1 Peter 2:24 which is a variation on Isaiah 53:5

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

Taking It Personally

Isaiah 53

 

Cursed with a curse, He was hung on a tree.

The suffering servant bartered for a price,

Battered and bruised for my iniquity.

Behold the Lamb, unblemished sacrifice,

Offered once, Jesus Christ, my Passover.

Afflicted, stricken, smitten that God should

Freely pour out His mercy, moreover,

Lay on Him the chastisement of my peace.

From His side flowed water and sinless blood,

A new covenant established that I might cease

From dead works by a new and living way.

God’s good pleasure no longer concealed

But memorialized this solemn day.

Man of sorrows, with His stripes I am healed

In spirit, mind and body, for I am

Quickened and cleansed by the blood of the Lamb.

April 15, 1998

Passover

The Verse of the Day for April 1, 2015 also brings to mind the reality of the covenant that God made with the Children of Israel so expressed in Exodus 15:26:

And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee.

This verse was the inspiration behind the Don Moen song of worship: “I am the Lord that healeth thee.”

The closing three lines of the poem “Taking it Personally” include the phrase “I am. . .” which brings to mind a powerful life-changing message heard years ago related to our identity, as revealed in the Word of God. At the end of the message the minister encouraged the congregation to make a list of qualities or attributes that the Bible declares us to be. I personalized the assignment and composed a list of metaphors which opened with the phrase “I am. . . ”

I AM says “I am” and all that I AM says “I am”

“I am. . .”

I am light, the light of the world, sent forth to shine.

I am salt, the salt of the earth, full of savor.

I am alive in Christ; eternal life is mine.

I am blessed: in the midst of famine is favor.

I am trusting in the Lord; I am not afraid.

I am made whole in Christ; by His stripes I am healed.

I am so fearfully and wonderfully made.

I am redeemed, and by the Spirit I am sealed.

I am a sweet savor, a living sacrifice.

I am ever before Him, always on His mind

I am clothed in righteousness, bought with a price.

I am His beloved, the one He runs to find.

I am cleansed and made whole by the blood of the Lamb.

I am, by the grace of God, what He says I am.

Another Don Moen song “Jesus, You are My Healer” proclaims this truth: “By his stripes I am healed.”

The Verse of Day and the music of Don Moen remind me of who I am in light of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and I am healed.

By his stripes I am healed

April 11, 2014

1 Peter 2_24The Verse of the Day for April 11, 2014 also brings to mind the reality of the covenant that God made with the Children of Israel expressed in Exodus 15:26:

And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee.

This verse was the inspiration behind the Don Moen song of worship: “I am the God that healeth thee.”

In this season we are approaching the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. As we move toward the week prior to Good Friday, I recall an experience that occurred when a particular Good Friday coincided with the start of Passover. At that time I participated in Holy Communion at our church on Good Friday, and although I had received the Lord’s Supper on countless occasions prior, that particular experience inspired a poem in which I alluded to the verse from 1 Peter 2:24 which is a variation on Isaiah 53:5

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

Taking It Personally

Isaiah 53

 

Cursed with a curse, He was hung on a tree.

The suffering servant bartered for a price,

Battered and bruised for my iniquity.

Behold the Lamb, unblemished sacrifice,

Offered once, Jesus Christ, my Passover.

Afflicted, stricken, smitten that God should

Freely pour out His mercy, moreover,

Lay on Him the chastisement of my peace.

From His side flowed water and sinless blood,

A new covenant established that I might cease

From dead works by a new and living way.

God’s good pleasure no longer concealed

But memorialized this solemn day.

Man of sorrows, with His stripes I am healed

In spirit, mind and body, for I am

Quickened and cleansed by the blood of the Lamb.

 

April 15, 1998

Passover

 

The closing three lines of the poem include the phrase “I am. . .” which brings to mind a powerful life-changing message heard years ago related to our identity, as revealed in the Word of God. At the end of the message the minister encouraged the congregation to make a list of qualities or attributes that the Bible declares us to be. I personalized the assignment and composed a list of metaphors which opened with the phrase “I am.”

I AM says “I am” and all that I AM says “I am”

“I am. . .”

 

I am light, the light of the world, sent forth to shine.

I am salt, the salt of the earth, full of savor.

I am alive in Christ; eternal life is mine.

I am blessed: in the midst of famine is favor.

I am trusting in the Lord; I am not afraid.

I am made whole in Christ; by His stripes I am healed.

I am so fearfully and wonderfully made.

I am redeemed, and by the Spirit I am sealed.

I am a sweet savor, a living sacrifice.

I am ever before Him, always on His mind.

I am clothed in righteousness, bought with a price.

I am His beloved, the one He runs to find

I am cleansed and made whole by the blood of the Lamb.

I am, by the grace of God, what He says I am.

Another Don Moen song “Jesus, You are My Healer” proclaims this truth: “By his stripes I am healed.”

The Verse of Day and the music of Don Moen remind me of who I am in light of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and by his stripes I am healed.

Seven for twelve on 7-4-12

July 4, 2012

Isaiah 62 with its 12 verses comprises the theme for the New Year: “Twelve for Twelve in 2012.”

At the beginning of the New Year, I posted a blog in Dr. J’s Apothecary Shoppe based on my theme and scriptural focal point for 2012. In this case, I had selected Isaiah 62, a passage that most providentially contains twelve verses. In studying the chapter, I decided to write a series of poems, as I personalized each of the twelve verses, calling the collection “Twelve for Twelve for 2012.” Here is the link to the first installment, published in two parts, inspired by Isaiah 62:1: “One for Twelve”:

The series continues with the seventh installment “Seven for Twelve,” a personalized poetic rendering of Isaiah 62:6, posted on July 4, 2012 (7-4-12).  Here is Isaiah 62:7 from the New Living Testament:

Give the Lord no rest until he completes his work,
until he makes Jerusalem the pride of the earth.         

Seven for Twelve

Isaiah 62:7

Give the Lord no rest until he completes his work.   

The one who began the work is the faithful one.

Remind Him that what He began is not yet done.

Give the Lord no rest until he completes his work.

Until He establishes the City of Peace,

Do not hold your peace but pray for Jerusalem,

For the Lord’s heart is always turned toward them

Until He establishes the City of Peace.

Until he makes Jerusalem the pride of the earth,

Until the whole earth shall marvel at her splendor,

Do not hold back, always pray, never surrender

Until he makes Jerusalem the pride of the earth.  

Recently during a time of meditation and reflection, God brought to mind a passage of scripture, part of which I had memorized and repeated countless times. Especially during the past twelve years, I have been mindful the last part Exodus 15:26:

And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee

As I meditated deeply upon the words “. . . I am the Lord that healeth thee,” God gently spoke to me as a Father speaks to his son, saying “Now what did I say?” I repeated that portion of scripture several times. After each time, God gently spoke, asking, “Now did I say?” That experience brought to mind verses 6 and 7 from Isaiah 62, whereby Israel is exhorted to remind God of His promise to restore Jerusalem to a place splendor and prominence in all the earth.

In a similar way that a child would remind a father of his promise when the fulfillment of that promise has not yet arrived, like Israel, we are encouraged to “give God no rest “until he makes Jerusalem the pride of the earth.” Just as Jerusalem is to be a brilliant display of the creative ingenuity of God Almighty, the Church is likewise to be a magnificent demonstration of the glorious, infinitely variegated, wisdom of God that will confound and astound the principalities and powers of the heavenly realm when it is brought to a place of prominence, revealing God’s intent.

About four years ago my wife and I visited family and friends in San Francisco and Los Angeles. During our stay in the City by the Bay, we enjoyed a most enlightening experience at the Asian Museum where we saw a special exhibit from the Ming Dynasty. One of the pieces on display was a stationery box which is similar to this one. Although the final product reveals what the designer had in mind, we do not see how the object looked at the various stages of development. So it is with the Church which is still a work in progress, but I believe that God is putting “the finishing touches on His crowning achievement.”

Not too long ago, we celebrated Pentecost, a feast of great importance in the Christian Church, but technically the Church of the One Body was not born or did it actually start on the Day of Pentecost; however, what transpired there was of great significance in its unfolding. Without a doubt Pentecost was a watershed moment whereby the world was forever changed. This poem “Exquisite Exhibit” conveys in part my thoughts regarding the Church and my part in this amazing masterpiece of God’s creation.

Exquisite Exhibit

Viewing a Ryoshi-bako (stationery box)

Power and Glory: Court Arts of China’s Ming Dynasty

Asian Museum–San Francisco, California

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew

in Christ Jesus so that we can do the good things

he planned for us long ago.

Ephesians 2:10

 

God’s purpose was to show his wisdom in all its rich variety

 to all the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms.

 They will see this when Jews and Gentiles

are joined together in his church.  

Ephesians 3:10

 

Sublime thoughts never diminish, only increase,

As I marvel at this ancient masterpiece.

The designer sees the end long before he starts

And envisions intricate details of the parts

And fashions a wood box inlaid with jade and gold,

Lacquered vessel for deepest thoughts the mind can hold.

Beyond all that I see, God formed and fashioned me

With precise measure of each scroll and filigree.

Displayed by the skillful hands of the Master craftsman,

Beyond the finest design of any artisan,

The Church, exquisite exhibit now on display,

Treasures from the hand of God take one’s breath away.

With the eyes of our heart now opened, we find

We are the masterpiece Jehovah had in mind.

Here is a photograph of such a stationery box, a lacquered work of art that is similar to the one that I viewed and described while in California.                   

This ryoshi-bako or stationery box is similar to the one that inspired the poem that draws a parallel with God’s Exquiste Exhibit, His masterpiece, the Church.

Just as Isaiah declared the Word of the Lord, that Israel, in the midst of captivity, was to remind God continually of His promise that He would deliver them from bondage and ultimately make Jerusalem a magnificent display of His glory, so should the members of the Body of Christ bring to God’s attention that He promised to transform the Church in a similar manner.

Individually, each member of the Body of Christ must recognize that he or she contributes to this exquisite exhibit of God’s glorious creation, the Church of Jesus Christ.  The place where we find ourselves today, individually and corporately, is not where we will ultimately be.  Philippians 1:6 reminds us of this:

And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.

This verse brings to mind the contemporary Christian song: “He Who Began a Good Work in You,” performed by Steve Green

Sometimes the rigors of life may cause us to forget that we are God’s workmanship, and the Psalmist also brings this to mind:

The LORD will fulfill [his purpose] for me; your love, O LORD, endures forever–do not abandon the works of your hands. [NIV]

Indeed, we are all a work in progress, and God is putting “His finishing touch on His crowning achievement.” As members of the Body of Christ, his glorious church, we are reminded of what Jesus Christ declared to Peter that Christ would build his church upon “the rock”of the revelation that Peter spoke when he identified the Lord, as Christ, the son of the living God. In Matthew 6:17-18 the Lord went on to say:

And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

 Kevin J. Conner in his landmark work, The Church in the New Testament,” makes know the purpose of the Church in the closing chapter:

“We will find that the reason for the existence of the Church is basically four-fold. God had an eternal purpose in mind when He planned creation and redemption. This purpose was manifested in Christ, and it is an “eternal purpose.” This great purpose is THE CHURCH. Nothing will frustrate the eternal purposes of God in Christ and His Church (Ephesians 3).  All things work together for good to them that are called according to this purpose (Romans 8:26-28).”

Four-fold Purpose of the New Testament Church:

  1.  Ministry to the Lord
  2.  Ministry to the Saints
  3. Ministry to the Sinner
  4. Ministry of Conquering Satan and His Kingdom

For a more in-depth discussion of the topic, I highly recommend The Church in the New Testament, a resource designed to bring a clearer understanding of the Church, both universally and locally, by showing God’s eternal plan for His people.

Listen to the powerful lyrics to “Let the Church Rise.” This song provides the perfect ending this blog entry, as we consider deeply this glorious note of possibility expressed in the video performed by Jonathan Stockstill: