March 26

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—Isaiah. 53:4,5/Matt. 8:16,17 Suffering Vicariously (Our Delegated Substitute!)

Isaiah 53: 3,4

  • He is despised (hated, reviled, loathed, shunned, scorned, derided [antonym is beloved: how heartbreaking that the beloved Son of God bore all this FOR ME!])
  • and rejected (disallowed, forbidden, banned, excluded, vetoed, prohibited) of men;
  • a man of sorrows (distresses, troubles, burdens, disappointments),
  • and acquainted with grief (sorrow, heartache, anguish, pain, misery, unhappiness, woe [antonym is joy: how ironic, that the joy of the Lord gives me strength! Heb 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.]):
  • and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
  • Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows:
  • yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

The NT reference, which speaks of Jesus’ healing the sick, refers back to Isaiah, but I think more of His “vicarious sufferings” on the cross. Yes, He suffered physical pain more than I can imagine, but the fact the He was also bearing the sins of the world is beyond human comprehension. When I think of my darkest days—those times when I was guilty of some sin and yet not willing to confess or forsake it—I think of the agony of heart: the guilty and misery in my soul! That is just a microcosm of what Jesus bore on the cross! He bore it ALL!

APPLICATION: Stop sinning! Oh, wouldn’t that be wonderful?! I can never be fully “sin-free” or sin less, but as the play on words tells us: I can’t be sinless but I can sin less! PTL!

And then be grateful for God’s forgiving power! It cost SO much, but it is FREE to all who will yield to His perfect way!

2 thoughts on “March 26”

  1. As I read your post and there was you heading of it, Beyond Common Sense. It made me think of how some view the death of Jesus for others sins. I have had it said to me that it doesn’t make sense. It makes sense to die for our own kids but others. I love the whole thing on your post. thanks.

    1. Thank you for your comment! Sorry, I missed this until now. I’ve come to understand that until a person receives Christ for forgiveness and has the Holy Spirit to instruct, they will not understand. Sad, but just another blessing to praise the Lord for. It’s a free gift to all! Again, thanks for your kind remarks! Eph 3:3,4

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