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Tuesday | 21 August 2018
Pierced for our transgressions

The prophet Isaiah declared that God’s righteous Servant would be smitten and afflicted, and that He would suffer much physical stress and pain. Isa 53:7-8. He noted that Jesus Christ would be wounded in several ways and, as a consequence of these woundings, His blood would be shed to give us life.

This was fulfilled about 700 years later, when Christ was crucified on a cross at Calvary. This was Christ’s work in redeeming mankind, which was completed when, from the cross, He declared, ‘It is finished!’ Joh 19:30. The prophet Isaiah particularly noted that He [Christ] would be pierced through for our transgressions. This was the sixth sprinkling of blood from Jesus’ body. Isa 53:5.

As we look at this work of God for our sake, we are amazed by the love and mercy of God. The apostle John declared, ‘Behold’ – as though he were saying, ‘Would you look at this!’ He was drawing our attention to the great love of God that has been expressed toward us, so we can become sons of God. 1Jn 3:1. What an amazing gift!

When God sought to have fellowship with mankind, He first chose the nation of Israel. He gave them ‘the law’ to live by, and declared, ‘If you will obey My law, I will bless you and make you great.’ Deu 15:4-6. The law was God’s righteous standard for man, and it was ‘good’. Rom 7:12. But the Israelites were unable to keep the law of God because of the weakness of their flesh.

In his letter to the Romans, the apostle Paul concluded that love is the fulfilment of the law. Rom 13:8,10. We, like the Israelites, are unable to meet God’s righteous requirements. We are unable to love another as ourselves. Therefore, we have transgressed and missed the mark of His calling for us. Christ was pierced through for our transgressions. Isa 53:5.


Further Study:
Isaiah 53
Daily Proverb:

References:

Isa 53:7-8
He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth. Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, and like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, so He did not open His mouth. 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 for the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due?

Joh 19:30
Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, ‘It is finished!’ And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.

Isa 53:5
But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed.

1Jn 3:1
Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.

Deu 15:4-6
‘However, there will be no poor among you, since the LORD will surely bless you in the land which the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance to possess, if only you listen obediently to the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all this commandment which I am commanding you today. For the LORD your God will bless you as He has promised you, and you will lend to many nations, but you will not borrow; and you will rule over many nations, but they will not rule over you.’

Rom 7:12
So then, the Law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.

Rom 13:8
Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.

Rom 13:10
Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
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