The Dual Function Of The Cross
– by Dr. Siva Moodley
People often ask me – where does sickness come from? Romans 5:12 tells us that in the Garden of Eden, with the fall of man, both sin and death by sin (sickness – it’s ultimate purpose to kill you) came into the world. I call this the double curse. Sin and sickness are twins, and both are just as destructive. Both will steal, kill, and destroy, fulfilling satan’s purpose (Jn 10:10). The good news is that the Bible declares that while we die in the first Adam, in the last Adam (Jesus) we will live (1 Cor 15:22). Hence, there is a double cure (salvation and healing) for the double curse.
Sin and sickness are the works of the devil
“For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” – 1Jn 3:8. Sin and sickness are the works of the devil. Jesus came to destroy not one, but both the works of the devil, and He did it. Isaiah 53, which describes the work of the Cross, explains: “Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. “Grief” is the Hebrew word chŏlîy which means sickness, disease (Strongs 2483). Jesus was acquainted (fully understood, experienced in) sickness and disease. Jesus understood what it meant to have cancer, leukemia, diabetes, in fact every type of sickness/disease. “Sorrow” is the Hebrew word mak’ôb which means grief, pain, sorrow as a result of sickness/disease (Strongs 4341).
God does not provide temporary relief from sickness
“Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.” – Isa 53:4. “Borne” is the Hebrew word nâsâh which means to lift, carry away, take away (Strongs 5375). Sickness (like sin) was carried away. Borne is not relief from sickness. God does not provide temporary relief from sickness/disease, like medication does. He literally carries it away. Not only does He take away sickness/disease far away from us, He also takes away the pain associated with it.
The medical world tells us that these two entities, while often related, are treated separately. There is treatment for the sickness/disease and there is treatment for the pain. The good news is Jesus has dealt with both. Isaiah 53:4 simply says that Jesus on the Cross carried away all our sicknesses/diseases and the pain associated with it, but we were not impressed when we saw Him on the Cross, as it seemed that God the Father had purposely made Him sick.
When Jesus became sin, He became sickness also
The Bible commentators, Jamieson, Fausset & Brown explain in Isaiah 53:4: “But yet He hath taken (or borne) our sicknesses,” that is, they who despised Him because of His human infirmities ought rather to have esteemed Him on account of them; for thereby “Himself took our infirmities (bodily diseases).” Many have incorrectly learnt that Jesus only carried all our sins on Him as He went to the Cross. “Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.” – Isa 53:10. ‘He hath put him to grief’ – means the Father made Him sick. ‘When thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin’ – means when Jesus became sin, He became sickness also.
Jesus didn’t only die for our sins
Not only did Jesus carry to the Cross all our sins, but also all our sicknesses/diseases. Numbers 21:8-9 and Matthew 8:16-17 confirms this. He died for both our salvation and sickness/disease. I believe that He would still have died for just one sick person, even if there were no sinners. By His wounds on the Cross, you are healed. Receive it now.
JOY! Magazine (October 2017)