#171 By His Stripes We Are Healed 1 Peter 1:24

Apr 2nd, 2012 | By | Category: The Basics (click on Article name)

Good Morning!

We are experiencing the release of ‘Barabbas’ through Jesus willingness to bear his sentence of death and the restoration of our relationship with the Shepherd and Guardian of our life. Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift!

With prayers that the Lord will continue to bless our Memorial meditations and preparation of heart,

Joy

#171  By His Stripes We Are Healed  1 Peter 1:24

“And he himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by his wounds  you were healed.”  1 Peter 2:24  (Wounds is Strong’s #3468:  melops:  from 3433 blow-mark; weal) {or welt} 

“But he was pierced through for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon him, and by his scourging we are healed.”  Isaiah 53:5

 Perhaps the wounds or blow marks referred to in 1 Peter 2:24 are connected with the stripes Jesus received when he was scourged.  “Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him.”  John 19:1;  Matthew 26:26; Mark 15:15

“And wishing to satisfy the multitude, Pilate released Barabbas for them, and after having Jesus scourged, Pilate delivered him to be crucified.” Mark 15:15  Jesus willingly surrendered to being scourged, Barabbas was released, and Jesus was then crucified.

Who was Barabbas?

He was the Son of Abba , (Strong’s# 912), ‘ son of father.’  He was a notable prisoner.  Matthew 27:16  He was a rebel, who stirred up sedition with other fellow insurgents.  He was guilty of murder.  Mark 15:7  He was a robber,  “one who plunders openly and by violence.”  Vines;  John 18:40

The Correspondence

This man Barabbas seems a fitting picture of Adam and the race of Adam.

*Just as Barabbas was ‘son of father,’ Adam was a Son of God.  Luke 3:38

*Barabbas was already sentenced and serving time in prison:  Adam and the race in his loins are under the sentence of death, and are in the prison house of death.  Romans 5:12

*Barabbas was the one who deserved chastisement.  Adam and his family were condemned to death, guilty of rebellion or disobedience.  Romans 5:15

*Jesus sacrifice resulted in Barabbas release.  Barabbas was released from being crucified, and then from being thrown into the Gehennah dump, where criminals bodies were disposed of.  Jesus saved the whole race of mankind from permanently dying with no hope of life again.  Romans 5:18

Adam is represented by Barabbas.  We are also, in a sense, Barabbas.  Jesus was scourged, and then crucified and we are released.

Perhaps the fact that Jesus was scourged, and Barabbas was released, is part of the meaning of Isaiah 53:5  We are healed by his stripes:  we are healed because he was willing to experience the public humiliation and anguish of being treated like a criminal when he was truly innocent.  He was willing to take Barabbas place, he was willing to secure Barabbas release, and he was willing to bear the weight of the full the sentence of death.    “…the chastening for our well-being fell upon him, and by his scourging we are healed.”  Isaiah 53:5

Our healing

“For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.”  1 Peter 2:25

When Adam sinned, his Shepherding relationship under God was lost.  God gave the Adam and the world over to the fruit of their choices.  Romans 1:20-27  We are born into Adam’s world of sin, vulnerability and wandering.  “All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way…”  Isaiah 53:6

But our relationship to God through Christ has been healed.   We have returned to the one who knows how to protect and nurture our life.  At great cost of suffering Jesus has created the opportunity to return to the Shepherding relationship with the Father, the Great Shepherd.  This opportunity is offered now to those who are called and who choose to wholeheartedly follow Christ.  A second opportunity to accept Christ and to be under his Shepherding care will take place in the Kingdom for Israel and all the nations of the earth.  ­Ezekiel 34:23

By his willingness to bear our guilt, humiliation and shame, we are healed through the gift of God as our Shepherd.

Out of deep gratitude for this costly gift of being Shepherded by God and Christ, may we not wander or run away.

May we run to Him!

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