Days Prolonged

Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.  Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities.  Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors.  ~Isaiah 53:10-12


            Isaiah pointed to the very truth we celebrate today with Easter!  The servant of the Lord, Jesus, died for our sins.  He bore the sins of many.  He bore our iniquities.  He was put to grief for us.  He became our guilt offering.  Jesus died to pay the price of human sins! 

            Moreover, this passage tells us that, after his anguish, this servant would prolong his days, see his offspring, and that the will of the Lord would prosper in his hands.  The one who died for sins would live!  This is the good news we celebrate today.  Jesus died for our sins and rose from the dead.  He was seen by many witnesses, spoke with people, ate food, and proved that he was truly, physically, alive!  With is resurrection we are assured that the debt of sin was fully paid. 

            Now, through him, many are made righteous.  The great gift of God is that he paid the price for our sins by sending his son to die.  Now, all who believe in Jesus will be forgiven, declared righteous, and granted eternal life.  This gift is received by faith and not by works.  We acknowledge the truth that Jesus died and rose and we treat it as true by repenting and yielding our loyalty to Jesus.  We are saved by his work and his death on the cross.  We will live with him forever thanks to the reality that he overcame death and rose again.  This is the incredible gift of God given to disobedient, guilty people who deserve no good thing.  Yet, in his love, the Father sent the Son to rescue us by dying and rising. 

            Have your sins been forgiven?  Do you have faith in Jesus?  Have you been granted life with him?  Today, on Easter, ask these questions and be certain you know the answers.  Respond to Jesus with faith expressed in repentance and so receive his great gift. 

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