“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: God’s redemption plan is the love of God for man.
Having done some foundational analysis in previous studies about God’s love not being an emotive affection but a domain of sacrifice; now let’s proceed carefully in the subject of study. We have uttered in our words or sang songs like “Just for me, just for me. Jesus came and did it just for me”. And you can see the subject of this study which we have been on is quite literally titled “Jesus did it all for me”. And as we proceed in this subject of study in subsequent days, you’ll discover that the undertone in this subject is the concept of substitution (how one takes the place of another) and this concept of substitution will be seen right there in Isaiah’s prophecy in our key text which we will further examine the New Testament (the Epistles) where we have fulfillment. But it is not enough to sing “Jesus came and did it just for me”, why? This is because you could sing “Jesus came and did it just for me” and still don’t know what He did. Hence, the question you should ask after singing “Jesus came and did it just for me” is, what actually did He do? This is because if you don’t know what He did, you will think that what He did is not what He did and what He did not do is what He did. So, there is need to ask what actually did He do? Now, if what He did was not for Himself but for us, then we will need to ask what we that demanded what He did because in what He did will be the cure of what we did.
In other words, an understanding of what man (Adam) did and the consequence which followed afterwards will then show us what Jesus will do which He did. And moreover, if what He did was not a reaction (which as we proceed in this studies, it will become clear) but a pro-action; then we need to ask, where do we see in prophecy what Jesus will do before man ever disobeyed God in Genesis 3? In other words, the cure to man’s choice and the predicament of that choice will precede Genesis 3. So, where do we find that cure to man’s state as a result of choice before Genesis 3? That cure to man’s state before Genesis 3 will be what Jesus did. And we will see this is how the bible opens up because right in Genesis 1 is the solution to humanities problem before humanities problem in Genesis 3. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Go for the word.
PRAYER: The eyes of my understanding are enlightened, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: In the substitution of Jesus for us is the reconciliation of humanity back to deity.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: GENESIS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: MICAH CHAPTER 7