Day Three: Upside Up-Through Christ.

Isaiah 53:4-6 (NLT) Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! 5 But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. 6 All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all.

Our rebellion has to do with our outright, knowingly and deliberately going against God, His word, His will, and His plan for our lives. And the result is that sin mars everything that we do. There are very real consequences of this broken relationship with God. We wish for more than we are able to achieve, so that the “good life” is always eluding us, we long to be truly happy but we are constantly weighed down by sorrow in whatever form it may come, disappointments, grieving a loss, tragedy, whatever. But he made our burdens his own. Jesus acted as our substitute on the cross. He did not merely suffer as a result of our sins, but he suffers in our place as well. He took our place. He did not suffer for his own sins or failings. No, he took our sins, our weaknesses, our moral failures, and our greatest need upon himself on the cross.

All of this brings about our healing. Verse 5 is literally translated : in his wounds it is healed to us. Jesus has brought about through his suffering what we cannot bring about ourselves. Isaiah uses healing in a total sense. It is the healing of the whole person, restoring fulness and bringing about completeness to that which was broken. [P. Cory Ricks, Upside UP Fall College Conference, 2018].

Today, let’s pray and receive and live into this complete healing that Jesus has made possible for us. Also, spend time in worship with the song (click here) ‘Anthem’.

-GK

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