Thursday, July 28, 2011

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.
Isaiah 53:5 NIV

Isaiah 53 is an amazing Messianic passage which must have seemed confusing to the Jewish believers who lived before Christ. It talks about the Messiah's physical appearance (v.2), being despised and rejected and familiar with suffering (v.3), and in this verse it talks about the new covenant God would make with us through Jesus. It is for you and me, for our sins that Jesus suffered and died (v.5, and also v.12). He went willingly in His own power (v.7), He died without descendants (v.8), He was included with convicts and died a wicked man's death, even though he had done no violence, and was buried in a rich man's grave (vv.9,12). Yet His days would then be prolonged and He would see the light of life (v.10)!

I can imagine Paul after living a devout Jewish life as a Pharisee and fighting against the new Church and then being visited and blinded by Jesus. How he must have thought back to the Scriptures, such as this passage, and how Jesus fit into all the pieces of the puzzle.

Remember the gravity of my sin and the high cost of the peace and healing I have through Jesus. Praise Him for the salvation I have in Him! Revel in how Jesus fit the Messianic prophecies of the Old Testament.

Lord Jesus, thank you for doing what You promised beforehand in Isaiah 53. Thank you for dying for us, even though we all, like sheep, have gone astray and have turned to our own ways. Thank you not only for taking away my sin, but also for the new life I now have in You. You are awesome and worthy of all praise! I love you.

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