Words from the Heart for Wednesday February 21st, 2018
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)
Pierced for our Transgressions
Salvation is a wonderful gift made possible by the Saviour who took our place and died for our sins. He also suffered that we might receive peace which can be defined as our wellbeing. And, He was wounded for our healing. What do you have need of today? There is provision made by God for you.
The Battle of Vimy Ridge lives on in Canadian military history as one of our nation’s greatest moments. It speaks to the national unity that has far too often eluded us. The battle was the first time—and the last—that the entire Canadian Corps, men from every part of the nation, fought together. On April 9, 1917, and in mopping-up operations the next morning, one in three front-line Canadian soldiers was killed or wounded. Canadians will never forget.
We all have a sense of justice. If someone commits a crime and they are let off without paying any penalty or doing the time we cry out that justice was not served. If this is the case with human justice, it is even more so with God’s justice. God is the perfect judge. He doesn’t need lawyers or witnesses. He sees all things and knows all things. So when the day comes and we stand before him, and we all will, He will be aware of every sin we have committed. That would be horrifying if God was not only perfect justice, but perfect love. Because justice means He cannot simply let us get away with our sin: His love sent Jesus to earth to bear the punishment we deserve. Isaiah 53:5 says “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.” The picture the prophet paints here is hard to look at. Jesus pierced, crushed and punished for us. But it ends in beauty – our peace and healing. They are offered to you today.
These have been words from the heart.