Reflections... God's Grace, Spring Fast Approaching
Are you kidding me? It will be Easter before we know it!!! Spring is in the air. Wait… Didn’t we just celebrate Christmas?
I remember Easter as a kid. The pretty dresses, the shiny white shoes, the beautiful corsage that my daddy would bring home for each of his girls to wear to church and of course, the GIANT white chocolate Easter bunny just waiting for me to bite off his ears!
I also remember having adults tell me that the older you get, the faster time passes by.
Oh, how true, and unfortunate, that is! Because it was just Christmas the other day, right?
It seems that the older I get, each day, each month, each year passes by with such fervency.
In our homeschool lesson we have been studying and memorizing Isaiah 53:1-6. Now, I should point out that this is a random set of verses that we picked to study. Random.
But (it never ceases to amaze me how) The Lord will insert a truth from His word into my life at exactly the right moment. His truth and message to me was more clear than ever before. So, I thought I would share it with you.
During our prayer and bible study time on Monday, the kids and I were reading and reflecting over these six verses… but this time, verse 5 really stood out to me. Because it really describes the bottom line reason of what Easter means.
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. ~ Isaiah 53:5
I decided to dive into and dissect verse 5 to understand it more clearly.
* Please note and remember; I am NOT a pastor, a bible scholar or a theologian… But I am, first and foremost, a daughter of The King so I am continually trying to grow in my understanding of God’s word. This is just my interpretation and understanding of the verse and a little snippet into how understanding it has caused a change of perspective. If you read the verse, my hope is that the Lord reveal His truth to you, also.
NOW… just a little warning. I’m going to get a little graphic here, but… THIS is truth. This is His(s)tory. This is true love and sacrifice.
He was wounded
This verse was a prophesy about “He”. Jesus Christ. The babe in the manger that was born MANY years later. He was God as a man on earth. So, He had all the same feelings as you and I. He could feel love, happiness, and of course, peace. BUT, He could also feel pain, suffering, and rejection.
Just imagine, one week you are being praised and called Messiah and the next week, you are being rejected and punished by the same people in the harshest, cruelest, most painful way imaginable. He was whipped to within an inch of His life. He felt the skin ripped from His body. He could feel, see and taste His blood. He had a VERY clear understanding that He was about to die.
for OUR transgressions
Wow, okay, so stop and think about this. What does the word transgression mean? Well, Webster’s dictionary defines it as to go beyond the limits; to sin or sin against.
So, He was wounded for OUR sin. NOT for His sin. For He is sinless. But, for the sin of every single one of us. The sin we have committed and the sin we will (because we are human) commit. Sin is what separates us from God. God cannot look at sin. He cannot be near sin. He cannot tolerate sin. No matter how little or big it may seem to us, sin is sin is sin to God. And so by shedding His blood, Jesus has washed our sins away so we can be with God.
He was bruised for OUR iniquities
He was bruised, beaten, and bloodied for OUR iniquities. So, I had to look up what iniquities meant and it means wickedness. So, He was bruised for OUR wickedness. Not His wickedness, but my wickedness and your wickedness. Uggg
See, even though we may THINK we aren’t wicked, or that we don’t sin, or we are a “good” person, unfortunately as a human, we are and we do and we can never be good enough. NOT without the shed blood and sacrifice of Christ.
The chastisement of OUR peace was upon Him
Okay, this part brought me to tears. The word chastise(ment) means to whip, thrash or beat… and to know that He endured ALL of this for MY peace, for OUR peace… tears of sadness and tears of gratefulness. To endure such agony, such pain, such humiliation and ultimately death, for something you didn’t do but for someone else’s peace… THAT is true love. A love like that of a parent for their child. A soldier for his country. A Saviour for His Father.
And with His stripes we are healed
My favorite part of the verse. Because of His sacrifice, because He endured the pain, and because He paid for OUR sins with His life, we are healed. We are set free. We are loved. We are comforted. We have peace.
But, that isn’t the end of the story! FOR the grave could not keep Him! Just 3 days later… He AROSE! He is RISEN! And because of that, we are able to spend eternity in Heaven with Him.
It’s not based on how hard we work at being a good person, or how much time we spend helping others or how often we go to church. We do all of that because we love Him, we respect Him, we honor Him, we want to be more like Him… but we will never be perfect like Him.
We needed to be saved. We needed our sins to be washed clean. We needed a Saviour. Otherwise, God couldn’t look at us. He couldn’t be anywhere near us. He couldn’t accept us into Heaven. Because of Jesus ultimate sacrifice, and because He is RISEN, once we accept His true gift of love and ask for His forgiveness for our sins, we are healed. We are forgiven. We are saved. And we can spend eternity with Him. So let this Easter be a celebration of His resurrection.
Have you accepted His gift of love yet?
If you haven’t, or if you have more questions, I would LOVE to spend time talking with you more about it today. Right now. It is THAT important.