Our Wonderful Substitute

Isaiah 53:5 (NASB)
"But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed."

As sinners, we are all undeserving of the grace of God, unentitled to salvation. In fact, all we are entitled to is eternal death, since before God none of us can stand righteous before Him. Fortunately, we serve a God who loves and cares for us. He cared for us enough to send His one and only Son to receive the piercing we should have received, to be crushed by the sin that we should have been crushed by, to receive the scourging that was ours, to die the death that was due to us. Jesus suffered an excruciating death on the cross to save us from all the dire punishments we deserve.

Do you worry about whether you will be saved or not? Does this question rob you of peace? There is no need to be afraid anymore. God loved us so much that He gave all to save us. Jesus has already lived the perfect life we could never live and paid in full the price for our sins once for all on the cross, and because of this salvation is freely available to all who accept by faith what He has done. There is no longer any need to be afraid that we will never be worthy to enter His Kingdom. By being wrapped in Christ's righteousness we are declared worthy to enter and find eternal rest and joy. As Christians in this life, we will continue to struggle with sin, but His blood continues to cleanse us of all sin since we are in relationship with Him.

To the unbeliever or to those who profess faith in Christ, but do not trust in Him alone. Do not be afraid. Jesus loves sinners just like you. He has provided the only way of redemption from sin, death, and hell. Salvation is sure for those who accept Him as their Savior and Lord, and invite Him into their hearts. Because Jesus took on the punishment, the suffering, and death due sinners, faith in Him alone guarantees eternal life with Him.

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