Is the zebra an animal wearing a white coat with black stripes? Or is he an animal with a black coat striped white? Scientists argue for the first description as the stripes end on their belly and the inside of the legs, the remainder being all white. Regardless, all I can see are their remarkable stripes! They are wonderful protection as it can be difficult for a predator to single out just one zebra to chase.
Today’s verse talks about stripes that offer healing. These stripes are much more remarkable but are anything but beautiful (Isaiah 53:2). The stripes are the wounds Jesus suffered for our sake. Before being put on that tree or cross, He was beaten. Those stripes made it possible for us to die to sin and live for righteousness. Before Jesus took our punishment, we were soul-sick from our sin and in dire need of healing. He accomplish by His sacrifice a healing that gives us a hope and a future!
His healing of my soul means that I am no longer powerless against sin. Not only am I spared the righteous judgement my sin deserves, but I am also released from sin’s hold on me! Because of His healing stripes, I can live a life that is righteous and pleasing to Him. I wish I could say that I always make the right and moral choice. But at least with His healing I have the opportunity to consistently do what is right. Regardless of what my body may do, my soul is forever healed of sin!
Thank you Lord, for healing my soul.