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Crushed

April 7, 2017

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Crushed

There are some churches  that claim  everybody has  to atone  for their own sins,  both by living a saintly life here  on earth and by either going through suffering  in eternity,  or by doing good things  in eternity  to earn a higher standing there.     All of God’s word specifically teaches  the opposite.     One such example is  in Isaiah 53:4-5,

Surely our  griefs  He Himself bore,
And our sorrows  He carried;
Yet we ourselves  esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten of God,  and afflicted.      

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.

Jesus “was crushed  for our iniquities”.     He did not die  for any sins  of His own.     Rather,  He was the sinless,  Son  of God.     Isaiah repeatedly states  that all  of Jesus’ sufferings  and death were for  our transgressions”  —  our iniquities”  —  our well-being”  —  our healing.

Because Jesus has paid  for all our sins,  we have the hope  of eternal life  in heaven.     With that hope,  “our griefs”  and  “our sorrows”  here on earth  are bearable.     We now have peace  with God.

When Jesus  “was crushed  for our iniquities”,  He was totally beat down.     How can we pretend  to be righteous  all by our own selves  knowing that Jesus  “was crushed  for our iniquities”?

That crushing is what paid for  our well-being”.     By faith  in Jesus,  we are now safe  from all the punishment we deserve.     We can now rest  and be at peace  because God’s love  in Christ Jesus  has forgiven all  who believe  in Christ Jesus.

This passage in Isaiah  was a 700 year old prophecy  of what happened to Jesus.     We need  to see God’s awesome power  in fulfilling this prophecy for  our well-being”.

At peace  in God’s power,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for Your almighty,  humble love.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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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.

Philippians 3:12

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