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HE CERTAINLY TOOK UP OUR SUFFERING UPON HIMSELF

March 16, 2016

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Have you ever scheduled a procedure that you knew would be painful? How did you do anticipating the pain? I can think about pain and feel pain. What about you?

The IEB Bible has a note that says the word literally in verse 4 is "sicknesses" or human weaknesses. Sin and sicknesses are ethically connected because sin causes sickness (Isa. 33:24; Ps 103:3; Mt. 9:2; John 5:14; 1 Cor. 11:29-30; James 5:15).

You may like to read these texts today as you reflect on your day and how Jesus has taken our sickness, our pain, our suffering. But those arise because of our sin, our wrongdoing.

The very next verse says, "But he was wounded for the things that we did wrong. The punishment which made us well, was given to him!"

PRAYER

In John 5:14 Jesus does not let his compassion on a sick man deter him from confronting him about sin. Are we too "soft" on sin just because someone is sick? Sickness doesn't mean we don't have to deal with sin or need to be confronted about it. Sickness is not always a direct result of sin, but when someone is sick, whether temporarily or chronically, they can still sin, they still need to deal with their sin. That sick person may be you, or it may be someone you love. Pray for yourself and others that you may not overlook sin because someone is sick. When you pray for the sick, also pray for the healing of their souls, the forgiveness of their sins. It doesn't mean you think sin necessarily caused that sickness to pray this.

FASTING

Fast from something you are addicted to, such as approval.

ALMSGIVING

Give time for intercessory prayer, which means prayer for others, particularly sick people you know or who God brings to mind.