“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 what God did on behalf of us or for us is a revelation of His love for humanity.
In our previous study, we came to establish clearly that God’s love preceded the fall of man. God’s love did not come to meet the fall of man; the fall of man came to meet the love of God because before Genesis 3 where man fell, we see God accommodating Genesis 3 in Genesis 1 in His love. Meaning redemption plan had been before man came to be. God’s intent before creating man was love; God’s action after creating man was love, so the object of God’s love is man. Let’s see this:
- Who sinned, God or man? Man sinned
- Where did God accommodate Genesis 3 in which man sinned? God accommodated Genesis 3 in Genesis 1
So, redemption was God’s plan before time, revealed by prophetic utterance when time began and executed by Christ in time. Notice this: Man sinned and therefore, the state of man in Genesis 1:2 which God echoed same to man in Genesis 2:16-17 in His love ahead of time became man’s reality. In other words, man died (spiritual death); man was in darkness. But before this happened to man in Genesis 3, God accommodated this in Genesis 1 in His redemption plan. So man now in his state of darkness needs the reality of redemption. But, man in darkness cannot redeem himself; but God loves man, so do you know what happened? The plan in Genesis 1:1-3 took on flesh, that is, God became a man to save man. Paul puts it this way in his letter to Timothy, it reads “And without controversy great is the mystery of Godliness: God was manifest in the flesh; justified in the spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory” (1Timothy 3:16). So, “God was manifest in the flesh”; that is, God became a man. Why did He become? He became a man to die man’s death and give man His life in the resurrection. He became a man to save man; He became a man to redeem. So the incarnation of God (God putting on flesh) is a display of God’s love for humanity, that as a man, He will die the death He did not deserve and give man the life man did not deserve. Jesus did it all for me. Glory!
INSTRUCTION: You have God’s life in you; acknowledge this.
PRAYER: Dear Father, I am immersed in your love for me and I am grateful for it, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: Jesus died the death He did not deserve and gave man the life man did not deserve.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: MICAH CHAPTER 7; EVENING: ISAIAH CHAPTER 53