04
Feb
09

He Crushed Him!

By means of encouragement and to help you enjoy fresh grace today please take some time out of your day and read the following passages of scripture. While reading this text ponder the suffering Savior who left heavens glory to suffer and serve.

Isaiah 53:1-12 (ESV)
1 Who has believed what they heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
2 For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him.
3 He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.
8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people?
9 And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for sin, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.
11 Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors.

Think about how the weightiness of your sin and how your utter hopeless condition was removed when Jesus filled with compassion left His place of honor in order to bring you the hope of heaven.

Dwell on the loving-kindness of God who sent His Son to take your place to be the payment for your sin. The holy, beloved, willing, perfectly glorious Son of God came and was despised and rejected by you and me. Our hearts were blinded by sin and we could not see His beauty and grace. But God intervened through sovereign love and opened our eyes to see our sin and through the love of His Son He changed our depraved disposition.

God the Father crushed Jesus, not you and me what kind of love is this?
“Amazing love how can it be that Thou my God shouldst die for me!”

He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Jesus bearing our sins was crushed by the Father and the crushing of the Holy One produced a sweet smelling aroma of life unto life that has now been granted to all who believe and trust in the Lamb of God who gave Himself up for us!

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

Pastor Randy

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