[QTVOTD] Substitution: Stepping forward…

“Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy].” Isaiah 53:4 ->me: As many times as I have either read or listened to these verses in Isaiah 53, it is something else to sit down with the expectation that the Lord will reveal Himself while you pour over His word. What Jesus did, He did alone. He was the agent, we were the beneficiaries. Carried…a Hebrew word taken from Lev 16:22 meaning to shoulder or accept that burden as one’s own. Just as the person of the Servant (a genuine man Who was also the Arm of the Lord) could be grasped only by revelation, so also the TRUE understanding of His sufferings: THAT THEY WERE DELIBERATELY TAKEN BY HIM AND THAT THEY WERE IN REALITY OURS. The healing work of Jesus is for our TOTAL redemption, body as well as soul, and it comes from Him and from His work on the cross – Matthew 8:17. Our transgressions were the cause, His suffering to death was the effect. He took on Himself (stepping forward) the chastisement whereby our reconciliation with the Father was to be mended/fixed.

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