Monday, October 12, 2015

Isaiah 53:4-12 Jesus Bore our Sins & Sicknesses

KEY TEXT: Isa 53:4-5 Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.

KEY THOT: Jesus bore our “griefs,” “sorrows,” “transgressions”, “iniquities” so that we can have peace and be healed. He did not just suffer for our moral failures (transgressions & iniquities) but also for our emotional pains (griefs and sorrows). He took away from us everything that makes us dysfunctional and sick—in order that we might experience God’s peace (harmony with God, self, others and nature) and be healed in our spirit, soul and body. Jesus died on the Cross not only that we may be forgiven but also healed. When we preach the full message of the Cross and allow the Holy Spirit to work out God's salvation in full, Jesus will transform our chaos into order, our darkness into light and our ugliness into beauty. When we preach the Gospel as described in Isaiah 53, we will be able to help people experience the fullness of God's salvation--not when we die but while we yet live.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ saves us not only from a future hell but also from our present hell. Many people are experiencing the hell of daily griefs and sorrows caused by their own transgressions and iniquities—and Jesus died on the Cross to forgive our sins so that we might be healed also of our griefs and sorrows that we might experience His peace and holiness (wholeness). It’s a confirmation of the truth of the Gospel of the Kingdom when believers experience righteousness, peace and joy that alone come from the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17). The Word of God gives us God’s promise; the Holy Spirit delivers to us its products. 

I don’t need to live a defeated and demoralized Christian life. When Jesus died on the Cross, he secured for me forgiveness of sins and healing of the whole person. And it’s not just a future promise but something we must aim to possess as a sign of the presence and power of the kingdom in the present . The Apostle Paul defines holiness as wholeness in the present tense in 1 Thess 5:23, “Now may the God of peace himself sanctify (make holy) you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 

The goal of discipleship is not just bible knowledge but holiness (wholeness). Paul gives a different perspective on holiness at Jesus’ coming in Ephesians 5:26-27: “he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.” The goal of Christian discipleship is holiness and this means wholeness, without blemish or "blameless at (his) coming".

Father, You have accomplished everything necessary for our salvation at the Cross. Help us work out this salvation in our lives with fear and trembling. Amen.

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