This is my son Isaac. The doctors say that he has Down Syndrome, but God says:
Very first off I am going to start with what the bible says. Isaiah 53:5 says that by His stripes we are healed and in 1 Peter 2:24, it says by whose stripes you were healed. I know this is a very hard concept to grasp, but we as believers are to consider ourselves healed. So, I consider my son Isaac healed by the stripes of Jesus Christ and I am standing firm on this statement forever!
Let’s look at how the world views DS first, then I will share my views on how God views DS. First I want to look at the definition of Syndrome. My advanced English dictionary on my phone says that syndrome means “a pattern of symptoms indicative of some disease”. So right from the start the world labels my son with some kind of disease. Per Wikipedia DS can be identified in a newborn by direct observation or in a fetus by prenatal screening. And pregnancies with this diagnosis are often terminated. Wow! This says a whole lot about how most of the world views DS.
Now, here is my view on God’s perspective on DS. As a believer in Jesus Christ, I have learned over the past few years that we are to look at ourselves and others in the Spirit. God is a Spirit and His Spirit is in us and that is how God looks at us. He sees us in the Spirit. The bible says that Jesus came and bore our sicknesses on the cross. He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses and diseases. Matthew 8:17 NKJV. Therefore, I believe that Jesus Christ took Down Syndrome, which is considered a disease by most of the world, and crucified it on the cross. Did you notice I said “crucified”? That is past tense. So with that being said, if God looks at us in the Spirit, then God sees my son Isaac in the Spirit – Healthy, pure, holy, and HEALED. The only Down Syndrome that God sees, if He can actually see it, is the Down Syndrome that WAS CRUCIFIED on the cross. DS has been done away with! And guess what? This is how I and my family choose to see DS. We do not go by physical appearance. We do not see Isaac as most of the world sees DS in my son. My family and I view Isaac with the eyes of faith knowing that God has healed our son Isaac. The bible says to live by faith not by sight. I believe this means that we are not to put our trust in what we see with our physical eyes, but put our trust in the things of the Spirit. We put our ABSOLUTE trust in the things that are in heaven and there is NO Down Syndrome in heaven! Our son Isaac is a normal human being just like any other normal child on this earth.
My intention of this blog is not to offend anyone, but to show people how my family and I have chosen to deal with this circumstance. We focus on the inward appearance not on the outward and it works. Isaac is the most beautiful, very happy, and content baby boy. The bible says that God gives us believers the desires of our hearts. And my desire is for the whole world to view every person with Down Syndrome as God does- healed by the stripes of Jesus Christ. Each day as I look at Isaac with the eyes of faith, the more those physical appearances of DS are fading away. Sometimes I truly cannot see it physically at all. My desire is for the world to see NO trace of Down Syndrome in my son at all, but as a normal child with no disease, disabilities, or abnormalities. The bible also says that God’s will is to be done on earth as it is in heaven. So, I believe that God does not want DS on this earth. There is no DS in heaven, therefore God does not want it on the earth. My family and I believe that Down Syndrome does not come from God just as we believe that sickness or disease doesn’t come from God. Yes we live in a fallen world, but we live in the same fallen world that the people lived in when Jesus walked the earth. And Jesus healed everyone who came to Him. Jesus is the same today as He was yesterday.
We do not deny the fact that our child has an extra chromosome, but we DO DENY that it has a right to stay there or be there in the first place. We don’t glorify Down Syndrome or focus on it. We focus on giving Jesus Christ the glory in healing Isaac. I am reminded of the Scripture in John 9:2 when Jesus was walking along and saw a man who was born blind at birth. His followers asked Him why was this man born blind? Was it because of his sin or his parents sin. And Jesus replied, it was neither his or his parents fault. Jesus said this happened so that the power of God could be seen in him. This is what my family and I choose to focus on. The power of God seen in Isaac. We don’t focus on the problem or what caused the problem, but we focus on the end result – HEALED BY THE STRIPES OF JESUS CHRIST!