Safe in our Substitute (Isaiah 53:5)

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As a missionary told the story of Jesus to a tribe in South Africa, the chief listened intently. When the missionary finished, the chief asked to repeat the story. As he got to the part about Jesus’ death, the chief suddenly rushed forward and pleaded, “Hold on, Bwana, hold on! Take Jesus down from the cross! Take Him down! He doesn’t belong there. I do! Take Him down and put me there!” the tribal chief had recognized this important biblical truth: Jesus died as our substitute.

A look at various verses reminds us how clearly God’s Word explains this concept:

Isaiah 53:6, “… the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”

1 Peter 2:24, Jesus “Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness – by whose stripes you were healed.”

Romans 8:32, “He … did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all.”

1 Peter 3:18,For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God.

Yes, God judged our sin in the person of His Son. The wrath that should have fallen on us fell completely on Jesus, our Sin-Bearer. When in faith we believe on Christ, God credits to our account His righteousness. We can no longer be condemned. By accepting Jesus’ sacrifice, we become safe in our Substitute. – Paul R. Van Gorder

Wounded for me, wounded for me,

There on the cross He was wounded for me;

Gone my transgressions and now I am free,

All because Jesus was wounded for me. – Ovens

Christ become a curse FOR us to remove sin’s curse FROM us.

  • August 15, 198, Our Daily Bread
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