Devotional: From punishment to peace

Jesus was punished for our sins because he became our substitute. You see, man's sin and God's mercy together created a problem that only God Himself could solve. God longs to be merciful. He longs to forgive. But at the same time, justice is the very foundation of His throne, and God cannot do anything on any other basis but that of perfect justice. He cannot compromise his own justice to forgive

Devotional: Shalom!

God brought His judgement upon Jesus, for us. Now, what is our part of the exchange, our rebellion and all its evil consequences that came upon Jesus? And what phrase or word can we use to describe that which God has made available to us on the basis of the substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus on the cross?

Devotional: Turn your way His way!

The common basic guilt of the human race is rebellion. It's not that we've all committed certain specific sins like murder, adultery, or stealing. There may be many fine people by human standards who've never committed sins like that. But the one thing we've all done is we've all turned to our own way. But the Lord saved us!

Devotional: The divinely ordained exchange

Isaiah 53 verses 4, 5, and 6, are the very heart of the prophetic message about Jesus Christ. It says: "Surely he,". The Hebrew wording is such that all the emphasis is placed on the "he." ‑ "Surely he." In other words look away from yourself. There is no solution to your problems in yourself. Don't dwell on your problem, don't bend and bow beneath the burden of your guilt and all your problems.

Devotional: Amazing accuracy

Isaiah 53 gives with amazing accuracy the details of his death. It says "he was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death," but the remarkable fact is that in the original Hebrew the word wicked is in the plural but the word rich is singular. True enough in the record of the gospels, Jesus was crucified with the two thieves, the two wicked men, but then his tomb was the

Devotional: He did it!

Isaiah 53 emphasizes that the sufferings of Jesus on the cross so vividly described there were substitutionary ‑ it was not for his own sake. There's a form of speech in the Hebrew language here used which particularly emphasizes the "he". It places all the emphasizes on the "he,"‑ "He took all our infirmities," "he was pierced for transgressions, he was crushed for iniquities; the punishment that

Reflection: No beauty or majesty…

What was the ultimate purpose for which Jesus became the Son of Man ‑ and why could God's purpose only be fulfilled in this way? Even the closest disciples of Jesus failed to understand this purpose until after his death and resurrection. Nevertheless, the whole plan of God was unfolded in amazing detail and accuracy by the prophet Isaiah 700 years before it was actually fulfilled in history.