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25 June 2018
Yes, we are all like sheep – it is a ‘Ring of Truth’!
This chapter starts, “Who has believed our message?” (v 1) No wonder because – it wasn’t what anyone really wanted to hear. It went against their paradigm. It’s the same today. The Bible doesn’t tell us that if we become Christians, life will be easy and yet most people today expect God to respond to a click of their fingers and rescue them out of every situation, including the mess they got themselves into. But to use a flippant example, God is not going to put the toothpaste back into the tube.
The religious leaders of Jesus’ days on earth were also looking in the wrong place. They were expecting a conquering king. They thought He was ‘promoting’ Himself but He was actually walking right in line with Isaiah 52 and 53.
They also missed Jesus’ mission.
The message of Isaiah 53 is as powerful today as it has ever been. “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way” (v 6). And that sums up sin. We have all become ‘independent’ from God and that is sin. All the so-called sins we recognise or get caught up in are purely the outworking of our independent wilfulness. Our default attitudes are – “I can make it on my own.” “I will find the god within me and be O.K.” “I don’t need you, or anyone else to tell me…” “I don’t need your help.” “She’ll be right.” “I’m going to live my life, my way.”
These attitudes breed arrogance, loneliness, bitterness, frustration and defeat. And at worst, suicide. God has made us relational beings and we need a relationship with Him and others. It is the basic make-up of our nature.
But the ‘Good News’ is “the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” It had to happen that way.
1)The price had to be paid.
2)We couldn’t pay the price. In order for good to triumph – evil has to be dealt with. It cannot just be ‘overlooked’. Our problems, our sin and rebellion cannot be just wished away, they have to be dealt with. But we could never do it. We are just not good enough.
3)God’s demands were too great because the sin was too great. He had to do it Himself for us. Father laid all our sin on His Son, Jesus – who could and did pay the price in full.
The rest of the chapter gives us a glimpse of the magnitude of the price He paid. But it is still a chapter of Good News.
‘Good News’ for us – because He has paid the full price for us – so that we can be saved. Remember this, even after we have accepted Christ as our Saviour, if we sin and confess it, He still forgives us, as His Sacrifice was sufficient to pay for that too (see 1 John 1:9).
‘Good News’ because the One who paid the price was worthy. The spotless Lamb of God was able to pay the price and
‘Good News’ because He did not die in vain, for, “After the suffering of His soul, He will see [the results] and be satisfied” (v 11).
He will know that it was worth it. He died for you and now you are free and His.
And don’t forget – it’s such ‘Good News’ you need to go out and share it with someone who doesn’t know it yet.
Why not ask God to let you do it today? Ask Him whom you should share it with.
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