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.”
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.