TO THE BIBLE: Isaiah 53:6 MSG
“We’re all like sheep who’ve wandered off and gotten lost. We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way. And GOD has piled all our sins, everything we’ve done wrong, on him, on him.”
Imagine that there’s a guy who has been sentenced to death by drowning for a terrible crime he committed. But then one of his friends shows up and says, “I’ll take his place; drown me instead.” Now, that’s different from the one who says, “If they drown him, I’ll send in divers to rescue him,” even though that would have been good enough. This friend takes the place of the condemned man and dies in his stead. This is a simple analogy of how our salvation transpired.
Jesus gave His life in our place so we could go free. He, who knew no sin, was made the sin sacrifice for us that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21). The salvation Christ obtained for us came through total substitution—He completely took our place of sin and gave us His righteousness. It was a case of perfect substitution.
Jesus didn’t just save you from sin; He gave you His life. And when you realise the significance of this sacrifice, you’ll be better positioned to appropriate the benefits of salvation that sprung forth from the resurrection. Now, you’re free to serve God and be the person He destined you to be.
Dear Father, I thank you for sending Jesus to take my place, thereby paying the penalty for my sin. I rejoice in the blessings of salvation today. And by the power of the Holy Spirit, I’m taking advantage of all these benefits, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Talk to someone today about Jesus and help them understand what Jesus accomplished at Calvary.