“And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come” – Matthew 24:14
LIGHT FOR NOW: Man’s iniquity was put on God’s Son on the cross.
We saw in previous studies that on the cross Jesus became the price for man’s sin. He became sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21). Now, let’s observe Isaiah’s prophecy about this fact again. It reads “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 esteem him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows: yet we 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 have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid upon him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:3-6). So, God put man’s iniquity on His Son. He must bear the grief, sorrow and travails of man’s iniquity. He must be abandoned. This is not physical death but spiritual (and for three days He must be so). Just like Adam, He died and then His body died. He had to die first spiritually before He could physically leave His body.
This death happened on the cross hours before the body died. Here, He bears our iniquity and sins. John echoes in John 1:29 saying, “behold the lamb of God, which taketh away the sins of the world”. On the cross He is the Lamb of God. The good news of the cross is intriguing. Another’s pain becomes our gain. His cry is our joy. His sorrow, our triumph, His wounds, our health; for He has taken our place! This is the good news, that we might take His place. God gave Him up. He put all sins on Jesus to bear the consequences, hence never again would we bear them! Paul in his letter to the Colossian church echoes in Colossians 2:14 “blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to the cross”. He bore our grief; in that grief was our joy; in that cry was our joy; in that pain was our gain; in that sorrow was our triumph; in that wound was our healing. In fact, all He did on that cross by that price He paid on behalf of mankind. This is love at its highest. Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: You are to preach the disposition of God’s love towards humanity which is seen in what He did in His Son in His death, burial and resurrection; preach it!
PRAYER: Thank you Father for stirring up my heart to reach out to the unsaved with the good news of your goodness to humanity, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: The good news of God’s goodness to humanity is the gospel in the gospel of Christ.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 2 EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 2