“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.”
Abject, horrible, excruciating pain; unrelenting, unbearable and unspeakable pain with each slash across Jesus’ back and with every muscle-burning step up Golgotha’s hill, our savior received the punishment for our sin.
Isaiah tells us that the accumulated sufferings of the Christ, being wounded, bruised, chastised, pierced-through, plagued, crushed was not for His own sins, but for ours. He carried on His own person the sins of the world. He carried your and my sins to the cross that we might be forgiven.
The wounds of Christ are there because Jesus loves you and me. They were in God’s plan of redemption as prophesied of old. They were inflicted for you and me, 2 Corinthians 5:21 “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
We must understand that if we continue to sin knowingly, we are in effect turning our back on Jesus and His pain, it is as if we are saying that it does not matter to us what we put Jesus through; we are going to do what we want anyway!! To sin in the light of the cross is to tell Jesus that even His intense suffering has not taught us about the awfulness of sin.
Jesus took our sin so that we might have His salvation, I therefore introduce you today to that Jesus and receive the forgiveness of God and His salvation.
Pray this simple prayer: “Lord Jesus, thank you for the wounds you received on my behalf, I confess my sin today and I ask that you send your Holy Spirit to lead and teach me your ways as I accept you as my personal Lord and Saviour, thank you Father in Jesus name I prayed.
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