Friday, March 18, 2011

Day 9: He Will Bear Their Iniquities

For me, the cornerstone of the O.T. prophesies about Jesus is this passage from Isaiah.  Read it.  Then read it again.  Jesus knew what he would face at the end of his life on earth, and yet he came for us anyway.  This season of Lent is about preparing our hearts for the walk to Calvary and the resurrection to come.  Imagine walking in the shoes of Jesus, who, though he was God was also fully human.  He knew worry.  He felt pain.  And all of that was foretold by Isaiah. 

Isaiah 53:10-12

But the LORD was pleased
To crush Him, putting Him to grief;
If He would render Himself as a guilt offering,
He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days,
And the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand.
As a result of the anguish of His soul,
He will see it and be satisfied;
By His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many,
As He will bear their iniquities.
Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great,
And He will divide the booty with the strong;
Because He poured out Himself to death,
And was numbered with the transgressors;
Yet He Himself bore the sin of many,
And interceded for the transgressors.

"He Himself came to bear our sins."  And that is all we need to know about this season.  He came to bring us sanctuary in the arms of a loving God.  Remember.

He Is Risen! 

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