Many who call themselves Christians live in opposition to what the Holy Bible says.  Now, I’m not talking about behavior here, but rather what they believe.  Of course, what you believe WILL affect your behavior, but for now let’s focus on the “believe” part. Let’s start with Isaiah 53:1-6;
Isa 53:1  Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?

See what I’m talking about here?  Even back when this was written, unbelief was rampant.  We think we know so much in this modern age, don’t we? And yet think about it; THAT was the modern age when it was written, and Isaiah faced unbelief as he prophesied the Word of the LORD about the coming Christ hundreds of years before it happened, describing perfectly what we now consider ancient history. Yet, unbelief continues.  Why is that?

Isa 53:2  For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
Here, Isaiah is calling out a future event, but below, he changes gears and describes it in past tense as if it’s already a done deal.  How could he do that? Only by the revelation given him by the LORD.

Isa 53:3  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.
Isa 53:4  Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
How was it that Isaiah was able to prophesy the future in past tense?  Simple; in ancient times the LORD purposed this, and in His eyes, it was already done, thus Isaiah spoke in past tense.

Isa 53:5  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.
Notice here that Christ WAS wounded for our transgressions. In that day Isaiah prophesied this, he knew he was also included in this Word from the LORD, because he said OUR transgressions. Otherwise he would have said YOUR transgressions, or THEIR transgressions.  But no, he said OUR transgressions.  Did you know that includes YOURS?
Before, Isaiah said Christ WAS wounded for our transgressions, He WAS bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace WAS upon us, all past tense, to show it’s a finished work. He goes on to say,  with His stripes we ARE (present tense) healed. I find this play on words very interesting, for again, Isaiah shifts gears, now showing a CONTINUING action.  Yes, friends, that action is also continuing today for those who believe.  Of course, if you don’t believe, your unbelief does not invalidate what Christ did, it’s just that you can’t take advantage of it  And all that boils down to one stark fact; your sins are not forgiven and you are not healed.

Isa 53:6  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Wow! Did you see that?  God has declared ALL of us are like sheep gone astray. Yes, we have all been guilty of doing what is right in our own eyes and turning from God.  And YET, way back in the past, the LORD has already laid upon Christ the sins of all of us.  Yes, that includes you too, I guess, whether you believe or not.  Does that mean then that you have no part to play in all this?  If it did, it would mean God would have to violate your free will and save you and heal you against your will, and obviously, God does not do that. Please allow me to make a point.

When the serpent tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden, the LORD knew what was happening, didn’t He?  Of course.  Was it the LORD’S will that Adam and Eve eat of the forbidden fruit?  NO!  That’s why the LORD told them in Genesis 2:15-17,
Gen 2:15  And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
Gen 2:16  And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
Gen 2:17  But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
Ok, hopefully here we have established without any doubt that it was not God’s will for Adam to eat of the forbidden fruit.  From this foundation we build the rest of the house.  Moving on:

Gen 3:1  Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
Gen 3:2  And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
Gen 3:3  But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
Gen 3:4  And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
Gen 3:5  For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
Gen 3:6  And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
Gen 3:7  And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
You see, God COULD have prevented Adam and Eve from eating the forbidden fruit, but He didn’t because He had given THEM dominion and authority over all the earth, with only the exception of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, He retained only unto Himself.  That proves without a doubt that God chooses not to interfere with man’s free will to a point that God Himself only knows, such as when the LORD and Paul met on the road to Damascus.  But that’s another story for another time.

The point here is that the LORD chose of His own sovereign will to lay the full cost for all our sins, iniquities and transgressions and all our diseases that we have brought upon ourselves upon Christ. You say you didn’t bring sickness and disease upon yourself? Then why do you have it? Can someone else sin for you?  Many say, including Paul, that we have inherited sins from Adam, and thus we are born with a nature to sin.  I wonder then why the LORD was so abundantly clear in His instructions when He inspired Ezekiel chapter18, the son shall not die for the sins of the father?  It is written that every word shall be established in the mouth of two or three witnesses.  Here’s a whole CHAPTER about it!  Nonetheless, it is not the Father’s will that any should perish, thus He sent Christ to bear the full punishment for us all, and for those who BELIEVE, and act accordingly, our ransom is paid in full.  Again, if you don’t believe, or refuse, even though your ransom is paid, you can’t have the benefits thereof.

It is likened unto a court case in 1829 where George Wilson and an accomplice were sentenced to death for robbing mail trains. No one was killed in the commission of the crimes, yet the punishment for the crime was death.  The accomplice was quickly hanged, but good ole George had friends in high places, who went to President Jackson to plead a pardon for him.

Consider this like God who had sentenced you to death for your sins, and rightly so. But Christ Jesus went to God and pleaded for YOU and said He would take the punishment for you so you could go free, so God agreed to the terms, that if Christ Jesus died in your place, you were free indeed to go. Good day for you, right?

Well, President Jackson, at the pleading of George’s friends, gave him a pardon from the death sentence, but for some reason GEORGE REFUSED THE PARDON.  Thus, he was hanged for his crimes.  The pardon could not be FORCED upon him, any more than YOUR pardon from Christ Jesus can be forced upon YOU.  Will you die for your sins even though Christ Jesus paid the price for you?  Will you endure sickness and disease in your body, even though by the stripes Christ Jesus bore in His body, your healing is paid for in full?

All your sins, iniquities, transgressions and diseases have been laid upon Christ Jesus, who took your punishment for you, in YOUR place.  Your pardon has been bought and paid for in full.  Will you accept it?   It’s fully your choice.  I hope you will choose wisely.