Isaiah 53: 4 – 6
4 Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. 6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Jesus who was without sin became a sin offering to save mankind. His main purpose for accepting the human body, coming to earth, dwelling among men was to die in our place. His life was full of sorrow, he was familiar with suffering (Isaiah 53:3), all for our sake. As a lamb he quietly laid on the slaughter, tolerated all forms of humiliation, he bled, he felt pains, he cried. Jesus had the power to end the suffering before reaching the cross, he had the power to make the cup pass over him, he had the power to be born in Herod’s chambers. But he came through a carpenter, accepted to die as a criminal because he had us right in his heart. For this love, he endured the cross.
Is there any situation too hard for you to bear? Are you at the verge of succumbing to that sin? remember, Jesus endured the pains of death, even death on the cross to purchase you from darkness. Jesus said in luke 9 :23 “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me”. The cross of Jesus is a cross of self denial. The pleasure of the world must be forsaken, sinful lust buried, and the works of the flesh killed by the renewal of the mind.
Do not be distracted by the pleasures of this world as promised by wolves in sheep clothes. Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and every other thing shall be added unto you (Matthew 6:33).
Your gift of salvation must be valued with all your life.
Father teach me how to celebrate your work of salvation in my life. Let me not be distracted by the pleasures of this world. As Jesus, let my meat be to the your will father. Amen