“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: Man is the object of God’s love.
In the course of this study, we have come to see clearly by careful analysis that the bible opens up with the concept of redemption or salvation. And when we say salvation, which is where we see God’s love dispensed. In other words, salvation is God’s love for the fallen man; and we’ve come to understand that this salvation was not a reaction but a pro-action; hence, before Genesis 3 where man fell as a by-product of disobeying God’s word in Genesis 2:16-17, God accommodated Genesis 3 in Genesis 1 which brings to the fore a revelation of a God that does not react but pro-acts; a God that cannot be taken unawares; a God that cannot be caught by shock or by surprise; a God who is omniscience and a God who foreknows. So, redemption which is God’s love dispensed to mankind is not God reacting to man’s conduct, but God’s love independent of man’s conduct; meaning, God’s love is not a reaction but a pro-action. Man is an object of God’s love not because man deserves God’s love or merited it but God loves man independent of man. If it is dependent on man or based on man’s merit, then man wouldn’t have deserved it because man in Genesis 3 disobeyed or chose unbelief to the advice of a loving God. But in God’s loving nature, He accommodated that choice of man independent of man ahead of time in His redemption plan. God knew man will disobey Him but God accommodated man’s disobedience before time; this is a loving God. So redemption was not because man deserved it, redemption is because God loves man. Man is the object of God’s love; so redemption will be for man, not for God. God will be the redeemer; man will be the object of redemption. God will be the Saviour; man will be the one receiving the salvation made available by the Saviour. In other words, what God will do which He has done in redemption will be for another, which is for man; Jesus did it all for me. Thus, He took man’s place and gave man His place. He died man’s death and gave man His life (God’s life). He bore man’s iniquity. He became man’s perfect substitute and thus, we will see in proceeding studies even as Isaiah’s word in our key text will come to elucidation.
INSTRUCTION: You are the object of God’s love; acknowledge this.
PRAYER: Thank you dear Lord for your unconditional love which is the reason I stand saved, justified, sanctified and in your son Jesus Christ, Amen.
QUOTE: Redemption was not because man deserved it, redemption was because God loves man.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 3; EVENING: 1JOHN CHAPTER 3