“Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.”
Song. (This will take you to a sung version on Isaiah 53:4-6 which may aid you in memorization).
Have you ever been blamed for someone else’s mistake?
How did you respond to it?
Did you relentlessly try to “clear your name” or did you stay silent? Or some response in between those two?
The effort you exert to rectify the mistaken blame is probably somewhat proportional to both the consequences that attach to the conduct you’ve been blamed for and the affection you have for the real perpetrator.
Imagine that you were being blamed for the sins of the entire world, although you yourself were completely without sin. And imagine that you were being sentenced to die as the consequence. Further imagine that the poeple you were dying for didn’t even know or appreciate what you were doing. In fact, they were jeering at you, ridiculing you and brutalizing you.
Certainly you would be protesting or trying to defend yourself in some way.
But we see Christ submitting and surrendering out of love for people that hated and rejected Him.
And it was all to purchase our peace with God.
His side pierced.
His bones crushed.
For our peace.
All the Best in 2013,