Have you ever wondered what the Bible means by the verse that says, “By His stripes, we are healed?” Many people disagree on what this verse means in terms of healing—spiritual, physical, and otherwise. However, if we take a look at the Bible as a whole, we’ll see a pattern pointing both forward to and back to Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross—a sacrifice that bought our healing.
In the Old Covenant, God’s people were instructed to observe certain feasts and rituals that pointed forward to Jesus. For instance, on the Day of Passover, they would eat unleavened bread—this bread had stripes, burnt places, and the like; and it foreshadowed Jesus, who called Himself the Bread of Life. Additionally, on the Day of Passover, the Israelites put the blood of a spotless lamb on the doorposts, so that the angel of death would pass over them. John called Jesus the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29).