"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" (Isa. 53:5).

Isaiah 53:1 says, "Who hath believed our report?" Believing the right report isn't mind over matter or the power of positive thinking. It's believing God's Word over our problems. This means we have to choose whom we will believe. Will we believe God or the world? Will we believe the voice of the Holy Spirit or the voice of the devil?

Once we know what God says, we can choose to believe His report. In Isaiah 53:5, God gives us this report to believe: Jesus was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities, so we can be set free from sin. He took the chastisement of our peace upon Himself, so we can have His peace. And He bore stripes upon His back for us, so we can be healed.

In my King James Version Bible, a note in the margin states that the Hebrew word for stripes literally means "bruise." Now look at Isaiah 53:10: "Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him…."

Apparently it pleased God when Jesus took those stripes for us. Can you imagine our heavenly Father being pleased to bruise His Son?

Jesus was bruised for our sickness and disease; then He died on the Cross because of His love for us. It pleased God to bruise Jesus because God knew the end result.

In three days Jesus would be raised from the dead in a glorified, healthy body. Because of the bruises He bore, the body of Christ would go free from sickness and disease. That's the report God wants us to believe!

Jesus shed His blood for me so I could be set free
from sin. He was bruised for my physical healing.
I am saved, healed and delivered because I
choose to believe the report of the Lord!

Source: 365 Days of Healing by Mark Brazee
Excerpt permission granted by Harrison House Publishers