The 39 Stripes (Part 1)

“…With His stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5). Jesus was not only crucified, he was utterly and insanely beaten before He was crucified. The cost of our salvation must be estimated not only in terms of what happened on the Cross, but also what happened on the way to the Cross.

Jesus took stripes upon His back to complete our redemption. The stripes of Jesus are anointed to release healing. His stripes are the means and the grounds upon which we can claim divine healing and supernatural deliverance.

Why do we say that Jesus endured 39 stripes? No where in the Gospels are we told specifically that Jesus received 39 stripes. Why then do we make any reference to 39 stripes?

According to the law of Moses no Jew was to be given more than forty stripes (Deuteronomy 25:1-3). In order to make sure they never violated the Law of Moses by giving even one stripe too many, the religious leaders began to count up to 39 stripes. Over time the 39 stripes rule became the established custom in the Jewish judicial system.

According to Roman Law and customs no man was to receive more than 39 stripes (II Corinthians 11:24-25). 40 Stripes was considered a death sentence. The Romans believed that 40 stripes would kill a normal man. They did not want the accused to die on the whipping post.  They wanted their prisoners to endure as much pain and suffering as possible. They wanted them to die nailed to a cross.

There are some who think it incredulous that anyone would hold to the claim that Jesus received 39 stripes. They point to all the laws the Jewish Council (Sanhedrin) violated to crucify Christ. They cite the barbarianism of the Romans and rebuff the idea that the Romans would have withheld any form of punishment prior to the Crucifixion. They consider 39 stripes too lenient a punishment for Jesus. Surely the Jews and the Romans would have trespassed any law or custom when it came to afflicting pain on the Saviour. They forget that what Jesus endured was not just a whipping, it was a “scourging”.

The 39 stripes that Jesus bore for our redemption, healing and deliverance came from a Roman flagellum. Allow me to explain. The Roman flagellum would have been the instrument used to beat Jesus. This whip was made of three belts or ropes of leather attached to a wooden handle. When the scourging began the administer would be a rough and rugged seasoned Roman soldier.

The flagellum was about three feet long. Every three inches on the belts or ropes of the whip would be sharp pieces of bone that are said to have come for the pelvis of a lamb. The pieces of bone would be placed in the knots that ran down the whip. Each time a prisoner was whipped a piece of the bone would break and leave jagged edges of bone protruding from the knots. The cuts and lacerations would be more unbearable each swing of the whip. In addition to the pieces of bone, there would also be small hooks hanging from the leather strands. Sometimes glass or some other deep flesh-cutting material would be attached. There would be at minimum three different kinds of crude flesh-cutting materials used. This why the Romans called it “a cat of nine tails”.

Some men died while being whipped by the flagellum. Jesus made it through the beating. He made it to the Cross! He made it out of the grave!

Jesus was beat that we might be healed. He bore the stripes on his back that we might not have to carry the burden of sickness and disease. Our healing and deliverance was secured by the stripes on his body.

Believe in your heart and confess with your mouth, “By the stripes of Jesus, I am healed!”

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Raise The Grace and Fast!

January 11th (5:00am-5:00pm) and January 13th (7:14pm-7:14am), 2018.  The Holy Spirit has called us to launch strategic spiritual warfare prayer and fasting on these two days. These two days are spiritually significant. We have entered into this year under siege. The enemy has plans against our “great grace” and the “Raise The Grace” campaign.  These first 21 days must be sanctified and secured in prayer.

The number 11 in biblical numerology represents pride and confusion. (See Genesis 11). The number 13 in biblical numerology represents strife and rebellion. (See Genesis 13).  We are going to stand in the gap and interrupt the plans of the enemy. This year pride and confusion, strife and rebellion will not take root in any atmosphere where we work, worship or rest. During the fast we are raising the standard (See Isaiah 1:17-19, 59:19).

Our vision is to fast and pray in order to release peace and restrict rebellion. We want to see the power and purpose of God done in the days in which we live. “In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem. And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes” (Daniel 9:2-3)“I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled (Daniel 10:3).

Daniel knew that his people were at a prophetic tipping point. They were stuck in Babylon (the place of confusion and rebellion). According to the written and revealed will of God it was now time to leave the confusion and rebellion.

He went into prayer and fasting. He prays for the prophetic plans of God to manifest according to the times in which he lived. We too are called to pray for God to manifest His prophetic plans in our own generation! The prayer and the fasting revealed the warfare that was happening in the heavenlies. “But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia’ (10:13).

Fasting on the 11th and the 13th will be a spiritual counter offensive against the devices and deeds of every devil that wants to create confusion and release rebellion. The fast will exclude from our consumption all meats, breads, desserts, candies, sweet drinks, and alcoholic beverages. (See James 3:14-18). 

 

Grace Gems

 

  • Genesis 6:8 – Grace is always previous. 
  • Exodus 34:9 – Grace is the basis for relationship with God.
  • Judges 6:17 – Grace is divine favor.
  • Ruth 2:10 – Grace is having God’s attention.
  • Ezra 9:8 – Grace is being blessed no matter what.
  • Psalm 84:11 – Grace is God giving you good things.
  • Zechariah 12:10 – Grace is a ministry of the Holy Spirit.
  • John 1:14 – Grace is Jesus Christ.
  • Acts 13:43 – Grace is the lifestyle of the believer.
  • Romans 5:21 – Grace is dominion over sin.
  • Romans 12:6 – Grace is the enabling power of ministry.
  • I Corinthians 15:10 – Grace is the transformative power of God.
  • II Corinthians 8:9 – Grace is extraordinary generosity.
  • II Corinthians 9:8 – Grace is God’s overflow that overloads lack.
  • II Corinthians 12:9 – Grace is sufficiency while suffering.
  • II Corinthians 13:14 – Grace is a spoken blessing.
  • Galatians 2:21 – Grace is righteousness through Jesus Christ.
  • Ephesians 1:6 – Grace is God’s acceptance.
  • Ephesians 2:5 – Grace is the only way into eternal salvation.
  • Ephesians 4:29 – Grace is sharing your very best.
  • I Peter 5:10 – Grace is God’s process for spiritual growth.

 

 

The Christmas Cluster

The Christmas Cluster (Matthew 2:1-12)

The “Wise Men” are a “cluster” (Isaiah 65:8). These men are unlike any others. They are a remnant of God-chasers! They are forever connected by their journey and experience with Christ. They arrive ready to experience God in a new and fresh way. They bring blessings when they enter the presence of Jesus.

Clusters are made of seekers; those seeking for an authentic Jesus. They are worshippers; those who worship in the house of Jesus. They are givers; those who give to support the household of Jesus.

These Persian princes, philosophers and physicists came a long way to see the “young child”.

They came by faith. Faith is the journey of any and every who want to experience what God is doing in the now. Faith is a journey and a destiny. Faith is a marathon. Faith is going the distance. Faith is moving ahead because you trust God to lead you where He wants to bless you.

They came by faith to worship. Believers are always worshippers. “They fell down and worshipped”. Worship is where we discover the value of God and all that He has done for us. Worship is how we let God know our estimation and valuation of Him. Worship is a humility of heart. Worship is a “face to the floor” attitude before an Almighty God.

They came by faith to worship and to give. Believers are worshippers and worshippers are givers. This is wisdom at work! They “opened their treasures”. How many treasures are set before Jesus but are never opened? Gifted givers, but the money is still in the bank. Gifted teachers, but don’t help with children’s literacy. Gifted administrators, but don’t help lead ministries into a greater place of excellence. When will you open your treasures?