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Read Isaiah 53:4-12


Read Isaiah 53:4-12

     4      “But he endured the suffering that should have been ours,
     the pain that we should have borne.
     All the while we thought that his suffering
     was punishment sent by God.
     5      But because of our sins he was wounded,
     beaten because of the evil we did.
     We are healed by the punishment he suffered,
     made whole by the blows he received.
     6      All of us were like sheep that were lost,
     each of us going his own way.
     But the LORD made
     the punishment fall on him, the punishment all of us deserved.

     7      “He was treated harshly, but endured it humbly;
     he never said a word.
     Like a lamb about to be slaughtered,
     like a sheep about to be sheared,
     he never said a word.
     8      He was arrested and sentenced and led off to die,
     and no one cared about his fate.
     He was put to death for the sins of our people.
     9      He was placed in a grave with the wicked,
     he was buried with the rich, even though he had never committed a crime
     or ever told a lie.”
10 The LORD says,
     “It was my will that he should suffer;
     his death was a sacrifice to bring forgiveness.
     And so he will see his descendants;
     he will live a long life,
     and through him my purpose will succeed.
     11      After a life of suffering, he will again have joy;
     he will know that he did not suffer in vain.
     My devoted servant, with whom I am pleased,
     will bear the punishment of many
     and for his sake I will forgive them.
     12      And so I will give him
     a place of honour, a place among the great and powerful.
     He willingly gave his life
     and shared the fate of evil men.
     He took the place of many sinners
     and prayed that they might be forgiven.”


This passage from Isaiah - written hundreds of years before the time of Christ helps us to understand what Jesus has done for us in dying and asking for our forgiveness.


Lord teach me to accept the gift of forgiveness that you offer to me.

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