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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, June 3, 2017
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Today’s scripture reading:
But he was wounded and crushed for our sins. He was beaten that we might have peace. He was whipped, and we were healed! –Isaiah 53:5 (NLT)
In the Old Testament, people offered animals as sacrifices for their sins. Here, the sinless servant of the Lord offers himself for our sins. He is the Lamb offered for the sins of all people. The Messiah suffered for our sake, bearing our sins to make us acceptable to God. What can we say to such love? How will we respond to him? (NLT)
Isaiah 53:1-9 – Who has believed our message? To whom will the Lord reveal his saving power? My servant grew up in the Lord’s presence like a tender green shoot, sprouting from a root in dry and sterile ground. There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him. He was despised and rejected—a man of sorrows, acquainted with bitterest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way when he went by. He was despised, and we did not care.
Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God for his own sins! But he was wounded and crushed for our sins. He was beaten that we might have peace. He was whipped, and we were healed! All of us have strayed away like sheep. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the guilt and sins of us all.
He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led as a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth. From prison and trial they led him away to his death. But who among the people realized that he was dying for their sins—that he was suffering their punishment? He had done no wrong, and he never deceived anyone. But he was buried like a criminal; he was put in a rich man’s grave.
You are not your own; you wee bought at a price. –1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV)
Carol Purves (Carlisle, England) titled her story “THE PRICE IS PAID;” here is a portion of Carol’s story:
“The wind was brisk as we stood huddled and cold on the town steps one evening in April. We were thankful we had remembered to wear our heavy coats, gloves, and scarves; and though we were not professional singers, every word we sang was from the heart . . .
“. . . The bread shop opposite us was still open, so some shoppers popped in to buy the cakes and breads that were tastefully displayed. But as the shoppers reached for a purse or wallet, they were told, ‘The price is paid.’ They owed nothing for their purchases.
“As a Christian outreach group we had arranged to pay for the purchases that evening in an effort to bring home the message of Easter: It wasn’t just the bread and the cakes that were free. Because Jesus paid the price for our sins, we are forgiven and free to live a new life following the way of Christ!”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – How will I thank God for the gift of salvation?
Prayer: O Lord, we thank you for your loving sacrifice that frees us to live as forgiven people. Amen.
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