A Nugget from New Life Network
(excerpts by Dr. Larry Ollison)
Scripture for the Day (March 21, 2017)
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. (3 John 2)
Jesus said in John 10:10, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” As for me, I’ve had nothing and I’ve had a lot. I’ve been sick and I’ve been well, and I’ll tell you what I think. Being well with money is a whole lot more fun than being sick and broke. The choice is up to us. The Scripture says, “I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore, choose life” (Deuteronomy 30:19). What more do we need to convince us? We have been redeemed from the curse of the law, the curse of poverty, and the curse of sickness. Did you hear me? These things are a curse, not a blessing!
Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. (Galatians 3:13-14)
It was prophesied in Isaiah 53 that the Messiah would suffer on our behalf. In verse 5 it says, “And by His stripes we are healed.” In Matthew chapter 8 the scripture in Isaiah 53 is fulfilled: “When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: ‘He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.” (Matthew 8:16,17).
We also see Isaiah 53 quoted in 1 Peter 2:24, but there it is looking back on the prophecy: “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.” “Bore our sins” is in the past tense. It says “were healed” because we were healed when He bore the stripes for us. Isaiah was looking forward, but 1 Peter 2:24 was looking back. It has already happened. That means Jesus paid the price! He paid the price for eternal life, healing, and prosperity – all three parts of the curse of the law.
In Romans chapter 3, it says clearly how He paid the price. He did it by His blood. Without the blood of Jesus, we do not have everlasting life. Without the blood of Jesus, we do not have healing. Without the blood of Jesus, all we have is poverty. The blood of the Lamb redeemed us from all of these things, and He (Jesus) is the Lamb of God.
The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon Me, because He has anointed Me [the Anointed One, the Messiah] to preach the good news (the Gospel) to the poor; He has sent Me to announce release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to send forth as delivered those who are oppressed [who are downtrodden, bruised, crushed, and broken down by calamity], (Luke 4:18, AMPC)
How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. (Acts 10:38)