Morning Musings: Isaiah 53:5-6

“But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned–every one–to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

Here, some 700 years before it would happen, Isaiah declares what is perhaps the deepest wonder of the cross.  On the cross, Jesus bore our sins.  All the things we have done wrong were placed on His shoulders.  He took the punishment that should have been ours.  And by ours, I mean everybody’s.  The sins of the whole world living at the time, of those who had died before He did, and of those who have lived in the years of human history since were credited to His account.

If you have sinned, Jesus paid the price for that.  He died the death that you deserved to die so that you didn’t have to do so.  He did it out of His great love for you.  He was so committed to your being able to be in a relationship with the Father, that He willingly gave up His life in about the most painful way imaginable, so that such a thing began to fall within the realm of possibility.

As John would later write in His first letter, this is love beyond our ability to comprehend it.  In fact, this is how we know what love is in the first place.  Love is an intentional decision to see someone else (us in this case) become more fully who God designed them to be.  This love is what drove Jesus to the cross.  It was what drove the Father to send Him to do it.  It is what drives the Holy Spirit to enter our hearts when we are willing to receive it and Him.

If you want to know life that is sweet, abundant, and lasting; life that is freed from the binding constraints of sin’s drive to destroy everything it has infected, it is in Jesus that you will find it.  You may have drifted far astray as sheep are wont to do, but the price for this transgression has already been paid.  You need merely come home.  Come home to the Father who loves you; who loved you so much that He sent His only Son to be pierced for your transgressions, crushed for your iniquities, chastised for your peace, and wounded for your healing.  He’s waiting to receive you.

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