THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
Two Eskimos were sitting in a kayak.
They were awful cold, so they lit a fire.
But, the fire sunk the kayak.
That demonstrates you can't have your kayak
and heat it too!
4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows:
yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised
for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him;
and with his stripes we are healed.
Light from the Word.
The punishment of mankind upon God in the flesh was actually the
punishment that God should have imposed upon mankind!
Mankind, Hebrews and Gentiles alike, assumed that Jesus received
punishment that was DUE Him!
They considered that the events of beatings and crucifixion came
upon Him because He said He was God in flesh, and was a liar!
But it was not what it seemed!
MESSIAH, said Isaiah, "was wounded..." and "..bruised" for OUR sake!
God took upon Himself the punishment that He had rightly judged
THIS IS FORGIVENESS AT ITS PINNACLE!
Consider this example.
When a person does something wrong to you, then comes and
asks forgiveness, that person must accept HUMILITY in order to
plead with you.
He must pay a price to receive forgiveness -- that price is humility.
But YOU are the one who must pay the price of the FORGIVENESS!
It is YOU who must agree to set the incident aside and never bring it
Therefore, God Himself came in flesh in order to PAY THAT PRICE
for you and me!!
What He received at our hands actually should have been received
by us at His hands!
But He paid the price of forgiveness FOR us!
Thus God DEMONSTRATED His love and willingness to forgive.
In His death, Jesus DEMONSTRATED God's love for sinners!
In our lives, we DEMONSTRATE our love for God by dying to self,
and living for Christ!