THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
((This morning I had to be 160 miles away for a Doctorís appointment.
Thatís why this is late.))
He who would truly forgive, must pay the price!
The price of always forgetting and never remembering!
(Psalm 105:8, Isaiah 38:17, Micah 7:19)
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.
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 for mankind.
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 up again.
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.
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners,
Christ died for us.
Jesus ALREADY paid the price of forgiveness for you.
Have YOU paid the price of humility by pleading for His forgiveness?