Archive of Pastor Darby's Sermon Notes, transcribed from his original typewritten documents
Aug 8, 1947
Isaiah 53:5 - "With His stripes we are healed."
What a chapter! A Bible in miniature. The Gospel in its essence. When our subject brings us near to the passion of our Lord, our feelings should be deeply solemn, our attention intensely earnest.
Forget everything but His stripes. We each have a part in the flagellation; we wounded Him, and with His strips we are healed.
I. GOD HERE TREATS SIN AS A DISEASE.
Sin is a great deal more than a disease, it is a willful crime; but the mercy of our God leads Him to consider it under that aspect, in order that He may deal with us in grace.
- It is not an essential part of man as he was created: It is abnormal, disturbing, and destructive.
- It puts the faculties out of gear, and breaks the equilibrium of the life-forces, just as disease disturbs the bodily functions.
- It weakens the moral energy, as disease weakens the body.
- It either causes pain, or deadens sensibility, as the case may be.
- It frequently produces visible pollution. Some sins are as defiling as the leprosy of old.
- It tends to increase in the man, and it will prove fatal before long.
Sin is a disease which is hereditary, universal, contagious, defiling, incurable, mortal. No human physician can deal with it. Death, which ends all bodily pain, cannot cure this disease; it displays its utmost power in eternity after the seal of perpetuity has been set upon it by the mandate: "He that is filthy , let him be filthy still."
II. GOD HERE DECLARES THE REMEDY WHICH HE HAS GIVEN!
Jesus is His Son, whom He freely delivered up for us all.
- Behold the heavenly medicine; The stripes of Jesus in body and in soul. Singular surgery, the Healer is Himself wounded, and this means our cure!
- Remember that these stripes were vicarious; He suffered in our stead.
- Accept this atonement, and you are saved by it.
- Prayer begs for the divine surgery.
- Belief is the linen cloth which binds on the plaster.
- Trust is the hand which secures it to the wound.
- Repentances is the first symptom of healing.
- Let nothing of your own interfere with the one medicine. You see the proper places of prayer, faith, and repentance; do not misuse them, and make them rivals of the "stripes." By the stripes of Jesus we are healed, none else will do.
- The remedy, and only one, is set forth by God. Why seek another?
III. THIS DIVINE REMEDY IS IMMEDIATELY EFFECTIVE.
- Our conscience is healed of its smart; eased but not deadened.
- Our heart is healed of its love of sin. We hate the evil which scourged our Savior.
- Our life is healed of its rebellion. We are zealous of good works.
The Balsam tree sheds its balm to heal the wounds of those that cut it; and did not our Savior do the like? They mock Him, and He prays for them; they shed His blood and He makes it a medicine for the healing; they pierce His heart, and He opens therein a fountain for their sin and uncleanness. Was it ever heard, before or since, that a physician should bleed, and thus heal his patient or that an offended prince should die to expiate the treasons of his rebellious subjects.
Our heavenly Balsam is a cure for all diseases. If you complain that no sins are like yours, remember that there is no salvation like Christ's. If you have run the complete round of sin, remember that the blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth from all sin. No man ever perished for being a great sinner, unless he was also an unbelieving sinner. Never did a patient fail of a cure who accepted from the great Physician the balm of His atoning blood.
See how Christ, Whose death was so bitter to Himself, becomes sweetness itself to us. Rejection was His, but acceptance is ours; the wounding was His, but the healing is ours; the blood was His, but the balm is ours; the thorns were His, but the crown is ours; the death was His, but the life is ours; the price was His, but the purchase is ours. There is more power in Christ's blood to save than in our sin to destroy. Do but believe in the Lord Jesus and thy cure is wrought. -- Edited from Spurstow's "Spiritual Chymist."
You who live by this medicine, speak well of it. Tell to others, as you have opportunity, what a Savior you have found. If all the persons who have felt the efficacy of a dying Savior's wounds, apprehended by faith, were to publish their cases, how greatly would His power and grace be displayed! -- John Newton.
He cures the mind of its blindness, the heart of its harness, the nature of its perseverance, the will of its backwardness, the memory of its slipperiness, the conscience of its benumbness, and the affections of their disorder, all as according to His gracious promises (Ezek. 36:26,27) -- John Willison.
Dr. Cheyne was an eminent as well as a pious physician; but he was supposed to have been severe in his regimen. When he had prescribed, and the patient began to object to the treatments, he would say, "I see you are not bad enough for me yet." Some are not bad enough for Christ yet -- We mean in their own apprehension; but when they find and feel that they are entirely lost, and have no other help or hope, they will cordially acquiesce in His recommendations, however mysterious, however, humbling, however trying, they may be. -- Jay