Psalm 55:22: Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.
Those are strong words, we should bank on them. When you think deep about them, you start getting the right picture of God, you get cured of the false notion of God as aloof and uncaring. Some people even say that “God does not see, which means he does not care, he does not notice so he is not going to do anything about my issues.”
When Sarah was harsh and chased away Hagar from Abraham’s house, Hagar felt alone but God spoke to her about her situation and the way out, and she named the place where it happened “God who sees.” She felt cared for, that she was not anonymous (Genesis 16).
For you to be sustained by God you have to come to him, cast your burden on him. The only reason you will not cast your cares upon him is because you do not believe he cares.
That situation shows that we have not been able to shake off the ideology that the devil sold to Eve that God cares only for himself and not us (Genesis 3). But when Jesus came, it was to break the stronghold of that falsehood in our minds. That God bent over backwards to come to us as man, reflects his care for us, and willingness to do something about whatever makes us uncomfortable.
Casting your burden on God leads to rest. Peter wrote that we should cast our burden upon the Lord because he cares for us (1Peter 5:7). When we throw our burden on God, we set our eyes on Jesus, and away from the trouble, and the burden does not weigh us down, and does not distract us from our walk with God. We are asked to lay aside every weight and the sin which easily besets us (Hebrews 12:1-2).
We can lay our sin on Jesus (as the occasion demands), since it has been laid on him (once and for all on the cross). The Bible says that he was bruised for our iniquity (Isaiah 53). So we can cast sin upon him, and take on his righteousness. That is the truth.
Also, we can cast our sickness upon him because he bore it on the cross. Isaiah wrote: “The chastisement of our sins was laid upon him and by his stripes we were healed. He was a man of sorrows, acquitted with grief.” So when it comes to sin, sickness and emotional issues (sorrows), we can lay them on Jesus because he already bore them. Confusing? What it means is that we appropriate for ourselves by faith now and daily, what was released to us by the sacrifice of Jesus in the past, on the cross.
You do not need to wonder if Jesus will take the burden you have on himself, he already did. But that is not enough you have to take steps to walk in the reality of Jesus having taken your sickness sin and sorrow upon him. Hence, the Bible says: The just shall live (be alive in Christ, with all the benefits in him) by faith.
The Bible says that if anyone is sick, they should call the elders to pray for him, and the prayer of faith will save the sick (James 5:14-15). The only thing prayer does is to make available what the blood of Jesus makes possible. If the blood of Jesus did not purchase it, the name of Jesus cannot get it. The stripes Jesus took on his back, purchased our healing and the name of Jesus gets it for us in real time.
Sickness can be really debilitating. A man was incapacitated for 38 years, he was severely limited. And Jesus came to him and set him free with a word (John 5:1-9).
And Jesus is the Word. As the Bible says that God sends his word to heal us and save us from our destruction (Psalm 107:20). When God the Word (Jesus) was broken (on the cross), that is Jesus, he releases light and healing to us and he sustains us in our health. The Spirit of Christ will quicken our mortal body, as our supernatural healing factor (Romans 8:11).
Jesus bore our sin. That was his main aim. When you have a problem with sin, God has a solution, and he is Jesus. He is the purifying fire and the wash-man’s soap (Malachi 3:1-3).
The Bible says that God is faithful and just to forgive us and not just that, he also cleanses us from all unrighteousness (1John 1:7-9). David prayed that God will clean him with hyssop, saying that will make him clean (Psalm 51). (The blood of Jesus is our hyssop.) This was when he was confronted with his sinful act with Bathsheba. He was banking on God to clean away his wrong tendency. We should not do less.
Just as faith helps you to access the function of Jesus as the one who takes away your sickness, we access his freedom from sin the same way. You have to stop thinking that you can help yourself, and embrace the help of Jesus. It is God who will clean us from all unrighteousness and particularly the one we own up to, the ones we confess. That is the promise.
While sickness speaks of the body, and sin the spirit, sorrow is about the soul. That the three was borne by Jesus, shows the impact of his work in our total being, since man is spirit, soul and body (1Thessalonians 5:23).
Sin is a spiritual infestation in the spirit which percolates into our soul as sorrow and bitterness and into our body as sickness and death being the endpoint of sickness. Jesus dealt with death by offering himself once for all (Hebrews 2:14, 10:9-10).
Our burden of sin, sickness and sorrow was put on Jesus on our behalf by God. In the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus said that his soul is sorrowful unto death, not on his own account but ours (Matthew 26:35).
He was filled with sorrow when he was yet to feel any pain in his body so that we can be filled with joy. And when his physical ordeal began, with crown of thorn, the nail on his limbs, the weight of the cross as he carried it across the city of Jerusalem, it was not on his own amount nor as the payment for any wrong he has done, but for our sake, so that our body can become free from sickness.
Lastly, he experienced spiritual disconnection from God. While he hung on the cross saying: “my God my God why have you forsaken me,” he sensed something similar to what Adam and Eve felt as they were chased from the garden of Eden because of their sin.
Jesus experienced his own chase away from the “Garden of Eden” of the favour and presence of God. Adam experienced that for his own sin. But Jesus experienced it for our sin so that we might be free from sin.
- NSW olive trees boast link to the Garden of Gethsemane (abc.net.au)
- LISTEN: The Armor God Supplies for the Christian, Part 10 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #24 with Daniel Whyte III) (blackchristiannews.com)
- GODS ANGER,Psalm 41, (christianfaithforums.co.uk)
- Bringing Order to Life (thisdaywithgod.wordpress.com)
- Genesis 3:13 (Truth and Consequences) (tworiversblog.com)