TUESDAY 9TH NOVEMBER, 2021
THEME: CHRIST BEARS OUR SINS
PASSAGE: ISAIAH 53: 1- 11
MEMORY VERSE: Isaiah 53:11 “He shall see the labour of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many. For He shall bear their iniquities.”
HYMN: MHB 234 (S.M.) -NOT all the blood of beasts.
The barrier between us and God is sin. It is a hindrance to the manifestation of the glory, love and blessing of God in our lives. Before Jesus bore our sins on the cross humanity had offered sacrifice to expiate sin and reconcile with God. The popular one is the sacrifice on the Day of Atonement (Lev. 16: 1ff). But all the blood of animals offered on the altar cannot give the much-needed forgiveness of sin or wash away our stain (MHB 234).
Suffering, crucifixion and death of Jesus on the cross for the sin of humanity had been prophesied by Isaiah. The penalty for sin is death and Jesus bore this on the cross. He suffered to bear our griefs and carried our sorrows. He was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities (vs. 4- 5). Jesus is sinless. He did not defraud, cheat, commit adultery nor fornication, or lie against anyone. He did not betray His friends. He did not do anything with ulterior motives or hidden agenda. All the sins that we commit willfully, He bore them on the cross to set us free. The smelly sins of humanity made the Father look away from Him on the cross, which made Him to cry “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matt. 27: 46). There is no more remission of sin apart from the sacrifice of Himself on the cross.
Brothers and Sisters, Jesus bore our sins on the cross. We should not wallow in sin again. He bore our sins for us to live a sinless life and be a sweet aroma to our God and His Church (Heb. 9: 28; 10: 18). Why then, Beloved/ Sister, should we continue to grieve God with our sins? Paul wrote in Rom.6:1-2a “What shall we say? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? God forbid.”
PRAYER: Father, as You have shown Your love to me through Christ who died for my sins, give me grace to live a life that will be pleasing to You and Your Kingdom, through Jesus Christ, my Saviour and Redeemer. Amen.
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