Isaiah 53:4-6 King James Version
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.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Good Friday was just yesterday, let’s ponder on these verses that were written almost as a love story to us reminding us of what our LORD AND SAVIOUR has borne for us.
He was wounded for our transgressions – sins that we know are wrong but still do anyway. Think of all the times you knew it was wrong yet you did it anyway and then think of Jesus, thank him for bearing what we wouldn’t have been able to.
He was bruised for our iniquities – our wickedness and sinful nature.
Sometimes even unknown to us we operate in wickedness but our LORD AND SAVIOUR Jesus Christ bore that as well for OUR SAKES.
I know and understand It’s easy to hear these things and flow through the ressurection weekend as normal, but how about this time you actually ponder these things in your heart.
I know for certain I’ve messed up and pondering on the fact that the things I messed up with Jesus bore that for me is absolutely crazy to me. I don’t deserve it but that is what this whole weekend reminds us of. The very things we messed up with just recently Jesus covered all of that through this sacrifice.
May we learn to ponder on this with intentionality rather than seeing it as another commercialised holiday event or occasion, OR seeing it as more of a mini vacation from work or school.
PONDER THIS: This is the time we get to reflect on the fact that we actually have a saviour Jesus Christ, who came down from the Heavenly realms where he rightfully abides to save US from our own WICKEDNESS. Let us ponder on this this weekend.
Lord we repent of all unspoken sins in Jesus name. We can’t possibly thank you enough for all that you bore as a human here on earth but this morning we say thank you. Thank you for your sacrifice, thank you for your MERCY, your unending, unfailing, full mercy, compassion and love for us. That you would send your son for our filth here on earth, we thank you. BLESS your name and help us to see this time through the eyes of reflection and gratitude, because I truly believe it would bring many of us to tears knowing how much you really bore and how our efforts are but filthy rags, it is all through you. BLESS your name we are turning back to you this morning, amen.