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01/07/2011 / Test All Things

“He Loved Me, and Gave Himself For Me”

“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 53:5)

Who put Jesus of Nazareth to death?

The Romans, right?

Or perhaps one may suggest the Jews since they demanded it from their Roman rulers.

In a sense, this is true. Acts records Peter accusing the Jews of killing the Prince of Life (Acts 3:15), and Stephen accurately called them murderers of Christ (Acts 7:52). This is true; this is the human side of the coin.

But, on the Divine side of the coin, what was the cause of the death of the Holy One?

The sins of His people – the elect of God!

My sins and yours, fellow believer!

It wasn’t just that the Jews’ vicious leaders went mad with rage one day. Rather, this death was planned from all eternity by God. Jesus was as a Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

He didn’t die for His own transgressions. It wasn’t His rebellion, stubbornness, self-worship or greed…it was mine.

Not His dirty heart that housed adultery, murder, and covetousness…but mine.

Christ was our substitute, paying the price we deserved to pay, absorbing the sufferings that would have been ours for eternity.

A young man told me recently, “Wow! I always just thought of it as Him dying for His people. But, He died for me, for my sins!”

Precisely!

Paul said, “He loved me and gave Himself for me.” Yes, it was for a numerous seed, but it was also personally for me.

Our response?

It evokes sorrow (for my sins), joy, relief, worship, awe, and a desire to lavish praise and service to Him forever.

By Timothy Guess

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