Although God is one in essence, he is three in His persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Each of the three persons have always existed and are often referred to as the “eternal Father, the eternal Son and the eternal Holy Spirit.” 29 healthy lifeWhen Jesus was about to be executed He prayed in John 17:5 a great priestly prayer. In it he said, “Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.” He came from the eternal state of permanent glory and returned to that state at his ascension. He is now there, sitting at the right hand of God the Father waiting the time of His return. Coming from this glorious state, and taking on the likeness of man, He truly humbled Himself for our salvation. Philippians 2:7-8 tells us that He … “emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”

You would think that if the Divine, eternal Son was to become man, He’d come with all the glory of God. But he left that behind for our sake. In the flesh he did not protect Himself from our infirmities, temptations, limitations, emotions, infirmities and the like. No, indeed, He completely fulfilled what Isaiah 53:4 said about the Messiah. “Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows.” But it’s not only that Jesus experienced the imperfections of humanity, he took them off of us, put them on Himself, carried them to the Cross, and died with them to be resurrected again in His perfect body. Isaiah goes on to say “by his stripes we are healed.” Matthew tells us that Jesus’ healing the sick was to fulfill the passage from Isaiah. We read “That evening they brought to him many who were oppressed by demons, and he cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: He took our illnesses and bore our diseases” (Matthew 8:16-17). It says Jesus “took our illnesses.” We too will be resurrected in a perfected state because Jesus took them from us.

Eternally healthy! Can you imagine? It’s an exhilarating prospect! Mills says it “…is exhilarating in the extreme by its promise to the person who knows Christ as Savior, a promise of release from the restraints of an aging, material universe and entry into a new, eternal creation, and a close relationship with God and His Son. Then, too, there is the glorious prospect of a new, immortal resurrected body, a body eternally healthy, un-aging and without any of the physical restraints imposed by our present bodies, a body just like Jesus’ resurrection body. And added to that, God will heap glory onto that body for all the things we have done for His Kingdom during our mortal lives in this present mortal body! Ah, my fellow-believer, we face an unimaginably glorious future; may we all hasten (promote) the day of God!!”