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Friday, March 31, 2017

GOD’S SACRIFICE

“But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all.” Isaiah 53:5b-6 New Living Translation
     The fate of the Messiah is revealed in the book of the prophet Isaiah. The sinfulness of man made it necessary for God to come down to earth in bodily form to reveal his true nature and pay the immense sin debt that was owed. The one word that is fascinating in its meaning in the face of such rebellious behavior. With all that man had done and still does today without a thought to the outcome, still the Lord forgives. No matter what you could ever do that would keep you from God, still he loves you. He laid the sins of us all upon himself, for Christ was the only spotless one who could absorb the torment and punishment due such an accumulation of sin. His blood erases any and all sin from a man.
     Scripture tells us that even though we did not know him, hence did not love him; he loved us. True love is this: “not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” (1 John 4:10)  Even as believers we rebel, straining at the leash, wishing to do that which we ought not do. We all become tantalized by the lure of this world. It is those with self-control that can withstand the temptations that fly at them. YET, in spite of our wayward nature and our propensity to do things that may be considered ethically or morally sketchy, God shows us mercy by extending his grace to us all. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!

RESOURCES: The Life Application Study Bible; The Reformation Study Bible.

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