Lent Devotions 2010: Tuesday 30 March

“He was taken from prison and from judgement;
and who shall declare His generation?
For He was cut off from the land of the living;
for the transgression of My people He was stricken.”  Isaiah 53:8

The piece that strikes me in this verse is “for the transgression of My people He was stricken”.  The very transgression of putting the Messiah to death would be placed on the Messiah as well!  Why was He stricken for their transgression?  That those who believe in Him may have life everlasting.   Through the grace of God they could receive the free gift of salvation, through the very one they put to death.  As Christ hung on the cross He said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” (Luke23:34)  What a saviour we have in Christ!  Willing even to forgive those who were putting Him to death!  And this is still true today.  Salvation through grace is still open to all who are led to Christ.  He was stricken for all transgressions – no matter how terrible – so that all who confess Him as Lord will be saved.  In Christ is the law fulfilled, the pure, spotless lamb sacrificed once for all sin, the atonement that removes the price of sin.

Lord God: I confessed my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden.  I said, I will confess my transgression to Jehovah; and You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah.  For this let every godly one pray to You, in a time when You may be found; surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come near him.  In the name of Jesus Christ we pray this.  Amen.