When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses – Matthew 8:16-17

In Isaiah 53, the prophet Isaiah, by revelation, foretold the sufferings of Christ, His passion on the cross, and gives us a picture of His crucifixion: 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. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted” (Isaiah 53:3-4). This is what Matthew quoted in our opening scripture. The Lord Jesus took our infirmities, and bore our sicknesses.

The Hebrew word translated “borne” in Isaiah 53:4 is “נשׂא (nâśâ’)” and it means, “to take or carry away, to lift” while the word “bare” in Matthew 8:17, is translated from the Greek “βαστάζω (bastazō),” which also means “to remove or to take away.” Both words connote taking the burden of another upon oneself, and carrying it away, which is what Jesus did with our sicknesses and diseases.

There’re those who say, “When you’re sick, Jesus comes to you and shares your sickness and pain with you.” No, He doesn’t! He took them away so you’d never have them. Why are many still sick then? It’s because they’re ignorant of what He’s done for them. He died that you might have eternal life (Greek: Zoë). This life is full of glory.

It makes no difference if you feel pain or symptoms of sickness in your body; stand your ground in faith and declare, “I refuse to be sick!” Every so often, declare, “I walk in health in the Name of Jesus!”

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I refuse to bear any infirmity, sickness or disease in my body, because Jesus has taken away all my infirmities and carried my sorrows; He was pierced for my transgressions, cursed for my iniquities and the punishment that brought me peace was laid upon Him, and by His wounds I was healed. Halleluiah!

Further Study: 1 Peter 2:24; Isaiah 53:3-4