The sufferings and sacrifices of our Lord Jesus - Bro. T. Stephen
My dearly beloved in Christ, I greet and bless you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. The blessed word that the Lord has given for you today is from the book of Isaiah 53:5, “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed “
The sufferings and sacrifices of our Lord Jesus have blessed us in so many ways. His sufferings have never been in vain. Let us meditate further on why He went through these sufferings and sorrows!
For our Rebellion: The word “our” denotes both good and bad people. And “transgression” means rebelling by not obeying God’s word. It will only cause sin. What is the consequence of sin? The punishment/wages of sin is death. One sinner cannot bring a solution for another man’s sins. It will be just like the blind leading the blind. When we sin, we lose our connection with God, and as a result, get trapped in various predicaments. But what does God say about this? His desire is for us to be holy because He is holy. But we are continually indulging in evil habits and wounding Him repeatedly. Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15). The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:7). Therefore, actively pursue to live a holy life.
For our sickness: “That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.” (Matthew 8:17).
Sickness can be very merciless. Even if one person in the family falls sick, the whole family suffers due to this. Neither your charity nor the prayers of men of God can guarantee your wellness and health. The stripes that our Lord Jesus Christ bore when He was crucified is the only antidote. If you believe you will see the glory of God” (John 11:40). You don’t have to be burdened with your sickness anymore as there is healing under His wings. When infirmity strikes us, we rush to the doctors in trepidation, but we don’t seek the divine healer. Persistently seek Him in faith and receive healing.
Tell Him, “Lord I have faith in you.” He will see your faith and have mercy on you and will do a miracle for you. Therefore, sanctify yourselves during this lent season. Holiness is not portrayed by refraining from non-vegetarian food or abstaining from adorning flowers. Let us learn to live successfully by placing our faith in God. You will gladden the heart of God. Shall we pray!
Prayer:- Our loving heavenly Father, we thank You for this blessed day. Wash and cleanse your children with your Holy Blood. Lord forgive them of their iniquity and rebellion. You shed your precious blood for them on the cross, so turn all your curses into blessings! Give them the grace to receive marvellous miracles in their lives by keeping their faith in you! In Jesus’ name, Amen!