If someone needed your help but didn’t like you, would you still offer a helping hand? Would you go to jail for a crime you did not commit? If your life could save someone else’s but that person hated your very guts and everything you stand for, would you still die so they could live?
Can you honestly answer YES! to these questions?
What amazes me about Jesus is that He said yes. The Bible tells countless stories of how people really didn’t want to have anything to do with God. They wanted to live their lives no matter how filthy it may have been. Jesus knew that attitude of the world would continue today, and He knew that we would need someone who could pay the heavy penalty for our sins. He looked beyond the façade, beyond the hate, beyond the pride and said, “They’ll need me. Here I am.”
He didn’t care that His own people would despise and betray Him. He didn’t care that He would not be treated like the royalty He is. He didn’t care that He would have to die for people that would think He was nothing more than a made-up story in a book. In spite of our dirt, our hardheadedness, our disobedience, He felt we were worth the price He paid.
Because of His wounds, our lives are healed, sicknesses are healed, hearts are healed. We are healed. You are loved more than words can describe. There is someone who thought you were valuable enough to leave His perfect realm to die for you. That speaks volumes. Are you listening?
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Isaiah 53: 5 (AMP) But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was crushed for our wickedness [our sin, our injustice, our wrongdoing]; the punishment [required] for our well-being fell on Him, and by His stripes (wounds) we are healed.
Isaiah 53: 5 (MSG) But it was our sins that did that to him, that ripped and tore and crushed him—our sins! He took the punishment, and that made us whole. Through his bruises we get healed.