Words from the Heart for Thursday March 2nd, 2017
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.
Isaiah 53:5 (NIV)
He Was Pierced For Our Transgressions
Everything that was lost in sin was restored to us through the death of the Son of God. A Saviour was promised so long ago. As Jesus arrived He fulfilled these prophecies. His death was punishment—not for His sin but ours. He gave His life for us.
Canada is renowned for being a peaceful country, with a low crime rate compared to many other developed countries. Firearm related violent crime accounted for only 2% of all victims of violent crime here in Canada in 2012, a proportion that has remained constant for four years. Although violent crime is generally decreasing, the rate of firearm-related violent crime is decreasing at a faster pace than violent crime that does not involve firearms. Homicides account for very few violent crimes in Canada yet are often used by global organizations, particularly the United Nations, as a barometer for the level of violence within a society. The firearm-related homicide rate has been decreasing for many years – since 1972 it has decreased by 45%. There were just 172 homicides committed with a firearm in 2012.
We are fortunate to live in a generally just society. Not everyone on this planet does. Our system isn’t perfect, but generally if we obey the law we can count on being left alone to enjoy life. And if someone does break the law, most of the time they are brought to justice. Where does that sense of justice come from? It is at the heart of what the Bible teaches about God. And because God is perfectly just, our salvation is guaranteed. What is the tie between these two ideas? Isaiah 53:5 tells us “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” Sin has brought great harm to our world. The Bible tells us that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. God is perfectly just and we have broken His law. His just nature doesn’t let us get away with our sin. A price must be paid. But God’s justice is always balanced by His love for us. The Bible says that God would have none lost but all come to eternal life. So God determined a plan that would satisfy His justice and prove His love. He would come in Jesus and bear the punishment that our sins deserve. And when we put our trust in Him, and accept the forgiveness He offers because of Jesus’ death, peace results in a relationship restored. Do you know His peace?
These have been words from the heart.