Jesus Christ was sent by the Father to be the one mediator between God and humanity (1 Timothy 2:5). Through Christ’s substitutionary death on the cross the penalty of sin has been paid, and by his bodily resurrection from the tomb, death has been defeated. (Discipleship Essentials p. 96)
Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned-- everyone-- to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all… because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors.
Isaiah 53:4-6, 12b
Additional Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15
A thought for today:
As Isaiah prophesized, Jesus bore our grief and carried our sorrows. He knew what it was like to be human. He was tempted, yet did not succumb to it. He knew the day to day sufferings of what it is to be human and was not discouraged. Most of all, he bore our sin and brokenness on the cross, and suffered beyond what most people ever do physically, emotionally and perhaps even spiritually being pierced, crushed and chastised all for our sake, all by the will of the Father.
And we get the benefit of it all. Jesus experienced the chastisement and death we deserve, so we could experience redemption though him. We are truly healed by his wounds and redeemed by his blood. He took what we deserve, so we could enjoy what only He truly deserved; oneness with Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Paul affirms how Jesus fulfilled Isaiah’s prophesy in 1 Corinthians 15, and how by his death, and resurrection he fully redeemed each of us from sin and death so we could live into eternity with him and be conquerors empowered by him. His victory is our victory, so we are people of hope, peace and joy. My friends let us celebrate the victory of our redemption in Jesus Christ. We have nothing to fear.
Let us pray:
A Song to the Lamb Revelation 4:11, 5:9-10, 13
Splendor and honor and kingly power *
are yours by right, O Lord our God,
For you created everything that is, *
and by your will they were created and have their being;
And yours by right, O Lamb that was slain, *
for with your blood you have redeemed for God,
From every family, language, people, and nation, *
a kingdom of priests to serve our God.
And so, to him who sits upon the throne, *
and to Christ the Lamb,
Be worship and praise, dominion and splendor, *
forever and for evermore.
by Joe Acanfora