“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 love for me is unconditional.
We established in the course of our previous studies that the incarnation (where God became a man) was necessary if the price of sin must be paid. It was that incarnation that made possible the substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus. If He had not incarnated, He would not have become our substitute. So, He became a man to save man; as a man, He will suffer man’s punishment, He will bear man’s sin and He will meet the demands of sin on behalf of man. So when we say “Jesus did it all for me”, we are looking at Jesus as our perfect substitute; a man who was sinless, a man who had no iniquity in Him, but humanity’s sins and iniquity was laid on him. Look at Isaiah in prophecy, in verse 4 and 5 he uses two important words which are “for” and “our”. He says:
- He hath borne our grief.
- He hath carried our sorrows.
- He was wounded for our transgression
- He was bruised for our iniquities
- The chastisement of our peace was upon him
So everything He did was for us. It was for our sake He died. He was not a sinner; He had no iniquity in him. He was made sin for us; our iniquity was laid on Him; He bore the transgression of many. No wonder Paul speaking of Him as our perfect substitute says in 2Corinthians 5:21 “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him”. So He was made sin for us; it was not His sin He bore, it was our sin He bore. Isaiah in verse 7 of his prophecy calls Him a lamb. John saw this and in John 1:29, he echoes “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world”. The term “taketh away the sin of the world” means “He bore the sin of humanity”. On that cross, the son of God becomes the sin of the world because of love. Love made Him come as man; love made Him die my death; love made Him rise from the death and because of love; He now lives in me by faith in Him. What manner of love is this? Jesus loves me, this I know because even the bible tells me so. Glory!
INSTRUCTION: Never lose sight of the fact that you are the object of God’s love.
PRAYER: Father, I rejoice today in your love for me in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: God the Father who is the creator became God the Son who is the Saviour because I was in view.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 2CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 5; EVENING: GALATIANS CHAPTER 3