He Himself Bore Our Sins
He Himself Bore Our Sins
We often do things and say things to influence someone. For instance, when a friend is mourning, we give them tender hugs that we might let them be comforted. When a worker does an extra good job, we give them a bonus that we might let them know their efforts are appreciated. When a child plays unfairly with other children, we give him the benefit of discipline that we might lead him to realize the error of his ways. This list could get lengthy.
God also does things so that we might be led to repentance, faith, and salvation. Because of the awful depth of our sins, God has had to show His almighty love and power to save us from the consequences of our sins so that we might come to know His love and truly repent of our sins. And so, 1 Peter 2:24-25 tells us,
He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.
For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.
Jesus had very good reason for willingly suffering in utter agony on that cross. He wants us to see the one and only price that could possibly pay for all our sins. We are the cause of Jesus’ cruel death. God wants us to see that our sins were all laid on Jesus as He suffered and died so that we might learn the meaning of God’s love for us.
Jesus never once sinned. He did not deserve such cruelty. But, we do deserve eternal punishment for all that we have done. As we see our sins laid on Jesus — they are all there without a doubt — we need to see and understand the love of God for us. Seeing the reality of our situation, we need to repent — i.e. “die to sin and live for righteousness.”
Jesus did not suffer and die so we could blithely continue through this life in wickedness. God wants to see a definite change in our lives. In that change, God wants us to understand the meaning of true love and obedience. He has shown us perfect love in Christ that we might repent and have changed lives.
What’s the sense of His suffering and death for us if it does not change our wicked ways? God proved His absolute almighty power for us in the resurrection. God put that all on display for us so that we might wake up and realize our need for heading in the right direction. If we are to stay spiritually safe in this world, we must stay close to the Good Shepherd. If we choose to stray, Satan will get us.
We need to ask ourselves, “Do I see my sins all laid on Jesus? Do I see the consequences of my sins? Do I see Jesus’ absolute love for me?”
So, what am I going to do about it?
Jesus wants me to “die to sin and live to righteousness”. That means to repent — to change my mind about what I want in this world and start living like a child of the King — all for the love of God. Jesus wants me to remember His wounds for me. As I remember — really remember and see that they are there because of me — I will be healed in my heart and soul.
Seeing Jesus’ love — confessing our sins and repenting — and accepting the free gift of forgiveness and eternal salvation, we say, “Hallelujah! Lord, You have done all things for us “that we might die to sin and live to righteousness”. Always keep us close to Your side with eyes wide open, that we might truly live.”
A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods.
Pray for our country.
The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.
The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright.
How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.