Jesus Is: Week 1 - "The Suffering Servant"
God, thank you for sending Jesus to die for me. I owe everything to Him.
Read: Isaiah 53: 4-5
“Surely, he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”
Isaiah 53, often referred to as the Suffering Servant passage, is one of the most important prophecies or predictions about Jesus in all the Old Testament. Depending on how one defines “prophecy”, there could be as many as 400 prophecies about Jesus. What makes this one particularly special? This is one of the few prophetic verses that talks about Jesus paying the penalty for our sin. Because of the death of Jesus, we would be extended peace and healing by God that we didn’t otherwise deserve because of our sin. Sin separated us from God from the very beginning of creation when Adam and Eve went against God by eating the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. God had a plan from the start to rescue us from spiritual death and separation from him. God’s plan, foretold in Isaiah 700 years before the birth of Jesus, was for Jesus to come to this earth to be crushed and pierced that we may have life and life to the full.
I am utterly convinced that there is absolutely nothing better to think about than the fact that the God of the universe loved us enough to come and die a terrible death that you and I would get to experience all that we have available to us in Christ Jesus. Forgiveness of sin, adoption as sons and daughters, the power of the Holy Spirit, good works and eternal life were all secured by this one act of Jesus. Just let this sink in. Knowing what God has done for us will be a powerful motivator of our love for him. I encourage you every day of your life to consider what God, in Jesus Christ, has done for you.
Heavenly Father, thank you for sending Jesus to bear the punishment I deserve. Help me to spend time everyday reflecting on the fact that while I was a sinner Jesus died for me.
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