March 20 | Isaiah 53:7-8
“Let the wicked leave his way, and the evil man his thoughts, and let him return to the Lord, and may have compassion on Him, and to our God, for He will forgive abundantly. He was oppressed and emaciated, but He did not open his mouth like a lamb brought to the slaughter and like a sheep before its shearers is silent so He did not open his mouth.” (Isaiah 53:7–8)
For the most part, our legal system works well. Those who transgress the law serve their time in prison. Detectives and police officers keep the streets safe. But every once in a while, an innocent person serves time in prison for crimes they didn’t commit.
In the first century AD, Jesus was one of those people. He was sinless and innocent, but the religious leaders didn’t care. They arrested him and tried him with false testimonies. They broke their laws several times to convict him to the death penalty.
Jesus paid for their sins and for ours. He was the sacrificial Passover Lamb. Though he was innocent, Jesus took our punishment upon himself. He didn’t protest. He didn’t call down angels from heaven, although he could.
He suffered for you because it was the only way to open the door to restored relationship with him. Sins had to be atoned for, forgiven. Jesus gave himself in your place, took the most brutal punishment, so you could know him.
Action Step: Thank Jesus for suffering for you so you can live with him forever. Don’t forget his sacrifice. Live a holy life to honor him and show your gratitude.
Father, I know you had to watch as your sinless Son paid my price. Thank you for forgiving me of all my sins. You have cleansed me and made me righteous. Guide me into your truth. Teach me your righteous ways, and I will honor you.