“It was Christ who willingly went to the cross, and it was our sins that took him there.”
-Franklin Graham

Isn’t it amazing to think that the God of the universe humbled Himself and became a human being so that He could personally save us? Our salvation required a sinless human sacrifice and God became just that. Because of His love for us, He willingly laid down His life so we could be justified and saved. His humiliation and suffering on the cross have given us opportunity for not only salvation and healing, but for a relationship with Him. Jesus overcame death through His perfect love for us. He did it all for us.

Memory verse:
Isaiah 53:5–But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

Isaiah 53
1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? 2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. 3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. 8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. 9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. 10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. 11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

Thank you for Your sacrifice that has enabled me to have a deep relationship with You. Jesus, help me to lay down my life for the sake of others. Help me not to be selfish and help me to develop a love like Yours. Lord, teach me how to love like You do. In every part of my day, help me to show Your love to everyone I meet through my words and actions. With Your love, nothing will stop me from living for You.

THOUGHTS…INSIGHT…What is the Lord saying to me?

1. Who despised Jesus during His birth and ministry?
2. How was Jesus a ‘man of sorrow’ during His life on earth? Reflect on the Gospels and see how many ways this was true of Jesus Christ.
3. What did the situation at the end of Jesus’ life show about how people viewed Jesus? What did it show about the disciples when they all turned away from Him?
4. How do people respond to Jesus nowadays? Are we His follower? For what reason? Do we follow Him only because He is popular and we are well-accepted? What if we were
persecuted for our faith?
5. List the phrases in 53:4-6 which have ‘our’ as a part of them. They show what we contribute to the process of salvation. Notice we do not see our good works listed!
6. List the verbs in 53:4-6 which describe His suffering.
7. The truth is Jesus died because of our sins. Do you believe Jesus died for your sins? If so, when did this first occur? If not, why do you hesitate?
8. This one who suffered for us shows what love is all about. From His love and sacrifice love has been spread forth throughout the world. How has His love directly affected your life?
Your marriage? Your responses to others?
9. Who killed Jesus? Whose fault was it? Discuss God’s plan revealed in verse 10.
10. Review God’s mercy and grace shown throughout this chapter. How should you then live out your lives? Pick out at least one circumstance where you want more of God’s grace abiding in you.


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