This devotion by J.C. Ryle is quite thought provoking. As you read this, consider all Jesus did on our behalf.
Then rejoice and thank God the Father, for sending His Son, Jesus, to pay our sin debt.
“He was piercedfor our transgressions,
He was crushedfor our iniquities;
the punishmentthat brought us peace was upon Him,
and by His woundswe are healed.” Isaiah 53:5
Was Jesus scourged?
It was that “through His stripes we might be healed.”
Was Jesus condemned, though innocent?
It was that we might be acquitted, though guilty.
Did Jesus wear a crown of thorns?
It was that we might wear the crown of glory.
Was Jesus stripped of His clothing?
It was that we might be clothed in His everlasting righteousness.
Was Jesus mocked and reviled?
It was that we might be honored and blessed.
Was Jesus reckoned a malefactor, and numbered among transgressors?
It was that we might be reckoned innocent, and justified from all sin.
Was Jesus declared unable to save Himself?
It was that He might be able to save others to the uttermost.
Did Jesus die at last, and that the most painful and disgraceful of deaths?
It was that we might live for evermore, and be exalted to the highest glory!
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Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001