Theme of the Week: Forgiveness is Freedom
Bible Verse: But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:6
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 53:1-12
There’s a story about a little boy who needed a blood transfusion. His brother, who was just a bit older, was a match so he was asked if he would be willing to donate blood. His love for his little brother, made him more than willing.
When the day came for the procedure, the older brother hugged his mom and said goodbye. She said that she would see him in a little bit. Confused, he asked what she meant.
She said that the procedure wouldn’t take too long and then they could go home.
The older boy cried out in relief. When his mom asked why he was so teary, he said that he thought he was giving all his blood to his little brother.
He thought he was sacrificing his life for his sibling.
This is what Jesus did for us, but He was under no mistaken ideas. He knew it would cost Him everything.
This is why He wept in the Garden of Gethsemane. This is why those tears were like drops of blood. This is why He begged His Father to take the cup away from Him.
Yet, for the joy set before Him, He endured the cross (see Hebrews 12:2).
He knew that the price was going to be high, higher than any price that has ever been paid. And yet, He paid it because He also knew that it was the only way to restore our relationship with God.
Christ took our sins on Himself. For a moment, even His Father turned away. “My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me?” Jesus cried from the cross.
This is a confounding moment. Jesus became sin for us. Jesus, who was completely perfect, took our sin on Himself. We can never fully fathom that sacrifice or that love.
Christ gave all that we might receive eternal life.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, Your extravagant gift of love is beyond comparison. It is beyond description. It is beyond understanding. You held nothing back for Yourself. You poured out everything so that I might be forgiven. Help me remember what it cost You for me to be in right relationship with God and have the hope of eternal life. Help me to be willing to sacrifice myself for others as You have sacrificed for me. Amen.
Reflection: Think about the most expensive thing you have ever bought. What motivated you to pay that high price? Understand that Jesus also counted the cost when He paid for your freedom. Give Him thanks today.
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