I just learned that when we were growing up, a close Christian friend’s parents used to have her say, right after coughing or sneezing, “By Christ’s stripes I am healed.” What?
I had never heard this expression before. Jesus? Stripes?
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
The stripes refer to His suffering and the flogging. Wow, I keep learning more and more. So much to learn, understand, and live.
I was home sick this weekend, and I kept saying, “By Christ’s stripes I am healed.” I know that it is not just the words; it is the faith behind them that makes the difference. I also know that saying the words is a good step in the right direction.
Inspired while bedridden, I decided to stop watching back-to-back Law & Order episodes and popped in my DVDs of the miniseries A.D. and The Bible. I know it was good for me to do that, but I also realized there was even more murder and killing in The Bible than in Law & Order.
Thank you, God for Grace, Truth, Love, and Laughter,
(Reminder, this is just a journal of my mistakes, experiences, and thoughts along with my journey to having a closer relationship to God. I do not claim to be an authority on the subject. If you want to know The Way, read The Bible.)
What church do I attend? Verve Church in Las Vegas
P.S. Thank you, especially, for grace.
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