The Forgiveness of Sins…
When we think of ourselves and others we tend to do so from the vantage point of Judgment. This is the way the natural mind works and what we have been taught, we forget that God does NOT think, speak, or view us in the same manner. We are like God, God is not like us
Isaiah has the one of the best views of what was taking place in the Death and Resurrection of Jesus and I am going to take from 2 chapters of this amazing work to help us understand what God was doing and could see.
As we look at these verses, try to see how they surpass time, he was talking about every encounter with God. We esteemed Him not; not just Jesus at the cross, but the Israelites in the Exodus, people today fighting for their own way to get what they think they need to be safe.
Isaiah starts this portion (chapter 52) of Scripture with… ‘Who is going to believes this, who will understand?’ (my wording) There was a point when I read this scripture and I could (in my mind) hear him asking, who is gonna believe that this is what was really going on? That is the basis for his description of the events taking place at the Passion, Crucifixion, and Resurrection of the Messiah, the Christ, Jesus.
Isaiah goes on to tell of the people around Jesus and of how they treated Him (including the disciples). He was not a beautiful man, we did not honor or esteem Him. Even more than that, we hid our faces from Him. Ever do that, avert your eyes, or cross the street so you don’t have to encounter someone? This is what Isaiah is speaking of, the avoidance.
Also, they considered Jesus as being punished of God. As in: God was mad at His own Son. BUT, that IS NOT what was going on. Jesus took the wroth (read this word as the greatest form of wrath) of God for our sins. God was never and will never be angry with Jesus. Jesus upheld the perfection of the Law flawlessly. He did nothing to invoke the wroth (which is a greater anger than wrath).
Jesus was stripped, whipped, beaten, pummeled, mocked, humiliated, tortured, crucified, died, buried, forsaken of God (God turning His back on Him) because Jesus TOOK my sin as His own by an act of Faith and Obedience to the Father. In doing so, He TOOK my punishment. The Right, Just, Holy wroth of God, because I broke the Commandments of God.
Isa 53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Isa 53:4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
Isa 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
Jesus removed my sin and curse and punishment, long before I even knew I needed a Savior. Before I understood I needed to be in right relationship with the Father.
Mat 6:8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
Mat 6:26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
Joh 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Rom 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
Rom 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Rom 6:18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
Rom 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Rom 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Rom 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
Rom 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
Rom 8:4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
It is all over the scriptures. Jesus TOOK my sin so I could have right standing with the Father.
Php 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.