Transgressions Taken

Do you have a circle of family and friends you would intercede with and, if necessary, die for to protect them or keep them from devastation?

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.

– Isaiah 53:5 ESV

As you reflect upon last weekend’s Easter celebrations, know that Christ interceded for you, and He loves you! Isaiah 53:5 reveals God’s deep love for you and the lengths He was willing to go to bring you back into the right relationship with Him. He gave His only Son to die for you (John 3:16).

It is challenging to imagine the level of hatred the Jews and Pilate had to mutually agree to beat and scourge an innocent man, especially the child of God. Just as important to merge with this is the willingness that Christ obediently said to His Father, “not my will, but yours be done” (Luke 22:42).

He was wounded and bruised, not for His own transgressions or iniquities. He willingly took on sin and shame on the cross and endured the punishment that His followers deserved as the only way for them to know the Father.

Christ interceded for you, took your sin-filled life and made a way for you to have a perfect relationship with God.

Jesus made a way for you, and all who believe in Him, to be reconciled to God through His sacrifice. He interceded and took your transgressions upon Himself so you can have a perfect relationship with Him. He took the chastisement of your peace upon Himself so that you could have true peace with God and true forgiveness from God. And by His stripes, “we are healed.”

It’s a reminder that you can’t earn your salvation or try to be good enough for God. Jesus paid the price for you and has done all that is necessary. No matter what you’ve done or how far you’ve strayed from God, there is always a way back to Him through Jesus. “He is the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6).

Today’s One Thing

As you meditate on the meaning of Isaiah 53:5, you may be filled with gratitude and awe for the incredible sacrifice Jesus made. If you have yet to make that decision to follow Him, do so. Your salvation awaits you. If you have, make drawing closer to Him your highest priority.

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