Today I reflect on what Jesus did for us on the cross. I am doing this since Jesus saved my life. I was in so much trouble until He rescued me. Because my sins are now cleansed through His blood, I am forgiven. His sacrifice is like no other. Only the Lord God could come down and be afflicted the way He was and also bare our sins. And one thing that is amazing is that this sacrifice for sin was prophesied of over 600 years before the birth of our Savior in the book of Isaiah 53. It reads, 1“He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.” (Isaiah 53:3-7) What you just read defines what Jesus did for us on the cross perfectly. Though Jesus lived a perfect life and performed mighty miracles, He was still rejected and despised among many of the Jewish people. However, this was all part of His mission on earth, for He was born to 2“save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21) Praise God, that Jesus did all this for us.
This prophecy in Isaiah about Jesus’s sacrifice for sin on the cross is so amazing, and it doesn’t stop in verse 7. Therefore, we will read until the end of this beloved chapter. It reads, 1“He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” (Isaiah 53:8-12) Wow, what an amazing thing for the Jewish people to know and read about, even before their coming Messiah would come to the earth. They should have known that Jesus was the Messiah by this chapter alone, especially after Jesus fulfilled this prophecy. My friends, Jesus did die for our sins and every person that believes in and puts their trust in Him shall be saved. We give glory and praise to the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Son of God, and also God in the flesh. I praise His holy Name.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, thank You for dying for my sins. I am so grateful to know You and to be cleansed by Your blood. For many years did I walk apart from Your love, and didn’t realize what I was missing. I thought I had it all with the latest technology, the games I was playing, and the fulfillment of my sexual desires. In all this, there was always shame associated with what I was doing. There was never anything good to come from it, but only a reflection of my guilt that came with it. This always led me to seek Your hand, but it was never sincere until I finally humbled myself. Then, could I see how wretched of a person I had become. I thought I had everything, but really I had nothing. My life was collapsing before my eyes and death and hell was near me. However, in my prayers, You heard my cries and had mercy for my soul. Even in all my sins, You cleansed me through Your blood. I was lost, but You found me, Jesus. Now, I understand the importance of the cross, because Your sacrifice was able to save a wretch like me. Thank You, Lord. I am not worthy of Your mercy and grace. I should have died and been lost forever, but You gave me another chance. Oh, the compassion that is within You. It is like no other. No other person could be willing to bear the penalty of our sins, while dying on a cross. You suffered so much for us, that we may live with You in heaven. Wow, God, You are so gracious and wonderful in every way. I have no other words to say, for I am in awe of Your sacrifice. I love You, Jesus. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
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