You think my proofreading failed, don’t you?  Should be ‘forest’, not ‘for us’.  Let me explain.  Isaiah 53 is one of the Bible’s premier chapters.  Speaks of what the Messiah will do…for us.  Get it?  For us!

Verse 4 pictures the Messiah carrying our griefs and sorrows.  For us.  Where our sins are placed on a cross (v.5).  For us.  He was wounded.  For us.  Oppressed and afflicted.  For us.   No complaints.  No objections.  No excuses.   ‘…cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people’ (v.8).  For us.

Verse 10–‘…it was the will of the Lord to crush Him; He has put Him to grief…’  ‘…He poured out His soul to death…yet He bore the sin of many…’ (v.12).  For us.  When you look at the cross of Jesus, don’t miss seeing that it was all for us.

Some thoughts cross my mind.  One is the huge debt I owe Him.  However, my debt He paid…in full.   Now, it’s not so much what I owe Him, but how much I want to serve Him out of gratitude for all He’s done.

Another thought– must I still do my part to earn forgiveness?  Perish the thought.  Move forward by His grace and mercy, propelling you along, not looking back as Lot’s wife did, that salty soul!  More like what the Apostle Paul encourages–  ‘…forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus…’ (Philippians 3:13-14).  For us…forward!

Thank you Jesus for dying on the cross to forgive all our sin.  Amen.


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