Text: “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord (God the Father) hath laid on Him (God the Son) the iniquity of us all (‘His people’).”
“Who (Christ Jesus) His own self bare our sins in His own Body on the tree (Cross), that we (the elect of God), being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness; by Whose stripes ye were healed (Spiritually, from sin). For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.”
1 Peter 2:24-25.
Good morning, Divinely drawn Christian! You and I who are born again of God the Spirit, though faith in Christ and His Cross of Atonement - by the free and matchless grace of our truly bountiful Lord God - have been drawn to Christ for Salvation, by the ‘…everlasting…’ cords of God’s love. Praise God for such a truly wonderful Salvation! Give God the glory, dear friend!
“The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” (Jeremiah 31:3)
The dark cords of sin had us totally enslaved; we were bound prisoners in sins’ terrible grip. Yet, at the Cross, the curse of sin was Eternally broken. Glory, glory, glory to the Lamb Who is worthy! Hallelujah! Jesus reigns!
In verse 27 of our Bible passage for today we learn that Jesus, the Son of God, God the everlasting Son, was ‘TROUBLED’! So, we immediately ask ourselves why such an Almighty and powerful Person was so ‘troubled’ in His soul? When we ask ourselves the important questions, we always receive the important answers from God’s Word.
“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you; for every one that asketh (asks and continues to ask) receiveth (receives and continues to receive); and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened unto him.” (Matthew 7:7-8)
Serious seekers after Bible truths always ask serious questions when studying God’s Word. Ask God to enlighten your soul today, dear friend.
The Lord Jesus was, is, and always shall be totally SINLESS. That’s a Biblically authenticated fact.
Therefore, the only thing that could ever really ‘trouble’ such a sinless Being - was the prospect of taking sin upon Himself, or having sin upon Him.
However, Christ Jesus had come among us, His sin-cursed creatures, for one purpose only - to take the curse of our vile sins upon His sinless Self, suffer the just penalty for them; that we sinners, lost in sin, might receive God’s pardon and cleansing from all sin, and be redeemed by His Blood.
“…But for this cause (mankind’s redemption) came I unto this hour (the hour of Crucifixion).” (V.27)
The Devil, a whole world of religious hypocrites; and the Jewish leadership had conspired together with the Romans to put Christ Jesus to death on that terrible Tree. Yet, Christ, the Creator of that Tree, had come to brake the curse of sin by hanging there on it! Jesus took our sinful curse upon Himself there, that we who would believe might take upon ourselves, by faith, His righteousness. What matchless grace! What unmerited mercy!
“For He (God the Father) hath made Him (God the Son) to be sin for us, Who knew no sin; that we (the sinful whosoevers) might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
On that eventful day of Christ’s Crucifixion, Satan, ‘…the prince of this world…’ was cast out; his power was broken; he became a defeated foe.
When the Lord Jesus was ‘…lifted up from the earth…’ upon that cruel Cross; Crucified, dead and buried in a tomb - He made the way to Heaven for all men/women who would receive faith by God’s grace, and be Eternally saved. Hallelujah! What a Saviour! What a blessed Lord!
The curse placed upon all mankind - in our representative head, Adam - in
Eden’s Garden was at last utterly broken for all who would
believe. The sting of sin, the power of
Satan and, the hopelessness of death were broken by Christ upon that
Cross. The sheep who had gone astray
were about to be gathered into the Fold once more; into true fellowship with
the Lord God Almighty. The Cross of
Christ Jesus defeated sin’s curse forever. Hallelujah! We are saved!
Thought: Let us humble ourselves and come to Christ’s Cross - there to be lifted up forever. There’s room at the Cross for YOU.