What was the first scripture you memorized? For most it was probably John 3:16. But for me, it was Isaiah 53:5. (I know, I was deep even as a child.)
Isaiah 53 prophetically describes the atoning work of Jesus. There are some deep theological truths about the completeness of our salvation found in Isiah 53. Meditate on these truths:
He willingly accepted, took upon himself our griefs, our sorrows, and our pains so that we would not have to carry them (v. 4).
He was defiled for our rebellion, for the guilt that should have fallen upon us (v. 5).
He was crushed for our depravity. He was our guilt offering. (V. 5).
The punishment we deserved fell upon him (v. 5).
Because of his crushing, his bruising, his wounds, we are repaired, totally made healed, healthful. (V. 5)
God caused our sins, our injustices, our wrongdoings to fall on Jesus instead of us (v. 6).
He was our guilt offering (v. 10).
He made us righteous, upright before God (v. 12).
He took away our sins and interceded with the Father on our behalf (v. 12).
Now, we must ask ourselves two very important questions. Was Jesus’ sacrifice enough? Am I going to choose to believe my traditions, my feelings, my past experiences or the complete atoning work of Christ?
Because if you believe Jesus’ sacrifice was sufficient and what Isaiah 53 says about His atoning work is true, then we must declare and live like:
My sins (past, present, future) were taken away. The spiritual punishment for those sins fell on Jesus and therefore God is not punishing me.
He was my guilt offering. I do not walk in guilt.
I am righteous (always in good standing with God). I do not receive condemnation.
I am repaired. Totally healthy. I am in good health.
Come on brothers and sisters. Let’s believe what God says about us rather than the lies we have believed.
“He was wounded and crushed because of our sins; by taking our punishment, he made us completely well.”
Isaiah 53:5 CEV