Day Two: “The Healing Cross”

Isaiah 53:5-6 NIV
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the LORD has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.

Let’s reflect on this excerpt from Day 36 of A.W. Tozer’s book, From the Grave:

“But the suffering of Jesus Christ was not punitive. It was not for Himself and not for punishment of anything that he Himself had done. The suffering of Jesus was corrective. He was willing to suffer in order that He might correct us and perfect us, so that His suffering might not begin and end in suffering, but that it might begin in suffering and end in healing. Brethren, that is the glory of the cross! That is the glory of the kind of sacrifice that was for so long in the heart of God! That is the glory of the kind of atonement that allows a repentant sinner to come into peaceful and gracious fellowship with his God and Creator! It began in His suffering and it ended in our healing. It began in His wounds and ended in our purification. It began in His bruises and ended in our cleansing.”

John 15:13 NIVGreater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

There is no greater love than the love of Jesus displayed on the cross so that we might be washed and healed to come into “peaceful and gracious” fellowship with our God.

In prayer, let’s sing this song, “Once Again” by Matt Redman (click here).

Closing prayer: Lord Jesus, as we look upon the cross, we are humbled by your mercy and your great love for us.  Thank you for washing us and healing us!  Thank you for the cross!  In Jesus’ name. Amen.

– EK