“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 everyone 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
LIGHT FOR NOW: In the Old Testament, we could see salvation implied in the prophecies of the prophets.
It is important to note first as we begin our discourse on this subject (Jesus did it all just for me) that salvation is the major theme in the bible. When we say salvation, that is where we see the height or depth of God’s love revealed to humanity. In other words, God’s love to mankind is seen in salvation. That in His love for mankind, God who is the creator will become the Saviour (a change of status; that is, from God to Man) who saves to the uttermost. So, in the course of this study, we will see this love He had for us, what Jesus did for us and we will come to a place of apprehension or comprehension of the fact that:
• God’s love for man wasn’t a reaction.
• Salvation was predetermined before man came to be.
• Before man ever thought of sinning, God already thought of saving man and He mapped out that plan in Christ who is the Saviour that makes salvation available.
• Redemption was not for God; redemption was for man because it was not God who was in captivity but man. In other words, what God did in His redemption plan was not for His benefit, but for man’s benefit.
• The bible opens up with the solution to man’s problem before man’s problem came to be.
• The substitutionary sacrifice which was predetermined before time was necessary for the reconciliation of man back to God.
So, in investigating this, we will in this study come to a place of precision of how God’s love was not just seen in what He said, but also God’s love is seen in what He did. In other words, where love is concerned, then in the context or divinity or deity’s definition of love; love will not just be seen in words, but love will also be seen in the domain of sacrifice. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Be full of the word.
PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, I receive zeal and hunger for the knowledge of the word, wherein your love for humanity is unveiled and I, unveiled in the same in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: Love in the context of deity’s definition is not a heavy burst or release of hormones in the human body; rather, it is the domain of sacrifice.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ISAIAH CHAPTER 53; EVENING: MICAH CHAPTER 7