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Friday, October 5, 2012

“Stricken for the transgression of my people”

 By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people?
Isaiah 53:8 ESV

Stricken for the transgression of my people”

Transgression: a violation of law, command or duty; sin

The prophecy of Isaiah is; the punishment that Jesus endured, the trial, the scourging and crucifixion was not due Him. It was the punishment that should have been imposed on all transgressors (sinners).

In verse eight the term “my people” is used. While it refers to Israel, it also refers to all people. Because we are all created in His image (Genesis 1:27).

In other words Jesus death on the cross was the punishment we deserve for our sins. He was crucified to pay for our violation of God's Laws and commands.

In Christ we have been given a reprieve, a pardon from the death sentence imposed on us for our crimes against God. The giver of the Law (John 1:1) that convicts us, stepped in so we could have one more chance. A chance for life eternal with God. He took our place that day at Calvary. He took our place, so we could have a place in heaven for eternity.

He has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, Col. 1:22 ESV Jesus did what He did so we can be presented to God as blameless. He did what he did so we could be reconciled with our creator. (Genesis 1:27)

We can be reconciled with God if we obey the Gospel (good news); the gospel is the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus the Christ.

Read Romans 6:1-10, have you obeyed the Gospel and received your pardon for the transgressions you have committed?

© 2012 Leo J. Woodman

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