Monday, 4 March 2013

Grace Notes - Isaiah 53 v 11

Isaiah 53:11 -  “After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light of life and be satisfied.”

Christ’s sacrifice was sufficient. At the cross all sin was dealt with and forgiven. The wrath and anger of God was utterly satisfied in that one ultimate act.

Everyone that is alive and breathing today, at this very moment, has had their sin dealt with and forgiven at the cross, two thousand years ago. That is all past sin, all present sin and any sin that they will commit in the future. Sin does not separate us from God.

We have the light of God inside us guiding and illuminating our life.  Continuing in sin once we are in union with Christ is not very clever. Sins effect dulls our senses to God’s whispers, gives the devil a foothold to bring back the lies of guilt and condemnation and causes us to focus on the sin and not on who we are in Christ.

We have been made righteous, we are holy, we are sons of God, and we are the delight of heaven. Sin cannot separate us from God, because we have been eternally and totally forgiven.

Drowning in the ocean of God’s grace is the ultimate adventure as we dance with the glorious triune God inside our spirit.

Lucas Miles explains about the love and grace of Jesus: -

This passage is saying that through the suffering of Christ, the wrath of God was completely satisfied once and for all. God isn’t angry any more. He doesn’t desire our penance, or us trying to earn his love.

Did you know that in some parts of the Philippines, extremist Christians; actually have themselves crucified during Easter celebrations as a means of obtaining God’s favor? Obviously most would agree that this behavior is excessive, but how many of us have attempted to utilize fasting, hours of intense prayer, or various other works to try to earn God’s favor?

Oh, how we need a revelation of the good news of the love and grace of Jesus Christ. This is the message we preach to the world. As 1st John 2:2 puts it, “He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only ours but also for the sins of the whole world.”

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