The Priestly King

March 23 | Isaiah 53:11-12

“Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors.” (Isaiah 53:11–12, ESV)

Few in America practice the principle of delaying gratification well. We grow up in an instant culture. Companies invest research and time into making things instant. We want things now. Who cares about retirement? But the wisdom of delayed gratification proves itself through time.

Jesus suffered on the cross, storing up for the joy of salvation later. Through his effort to suffer then, he made it possible for you to be righteous now. Jesus looked forward to the day you came into his kingdom.

But he’s not just the King. He sacrificed himself, a priestly act. The priests in the Old Testament sacrificed animals to God. But Jesus became the perfect, once for all sacrifice. Never again would an animal need to die for your sins.

Even better than that, he was raised to life again. Jesus won the victory over sin and death, and he shares it with you. He was counted a sinner because of the way he died. But his innocence won him resurrection. And now he intercedes for all of us.

Action Step: Know the love of Jesus, that he won victory over sin and death for you. Rejoice that you are righteous and will experience resurrection. You will live forever with Jesus because of his sacrifice for you.

Jesus, thank you for suffering and dying for me. But I’m so glad it didn’t end there. You have made a way for me to be righteous before God, seen as a saint instead of a sinner. I worship you and glorify your holy name!

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