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Daily Devotional

Christ Our Sin-bearer
He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
ISAIAH 53:5
27
June
Calvary shows us how far men will go in sin, and how far God will go for mans salvation.
H. C. Trumbull
Here we have Calvary unveiled. It is a holy scene depicting the greatest work ever done on earth, even by God. What is here described is the deep, mysterious transaction that took place in the darkness of the crucifixion day, when the Son of God died as our substitute and sacrifice. Isaiah mentions four particular aspects of that work.

First, the physical agony of the cross. Wounded, bruised, and stripes are all words that describe deep bodily pain. Wounded means pierced, or stabbed. Bruised means broken in pieces, or smitten most severely. Stripes are weals or bruises, the marks or prints of blows to Christs body. What unspeakable physical torment our Saviour endured! We should never be able to read of His bodily suffering without tears (see Psa. 22).

Second, the spiritual conflict of the cross. Wounding and bruising also denote the penetration of Christs heart with sorrow and the severe inward sufferings He bore. When men had done their worst, all hell sought to conquer Christ. Satan bruised His heel (Gen. 3:15), but, praise God, He bruised Satans head and spoiled principalities and powers, making a show of them openly (Col. 2:15).

Third, the penal sufferings of the cross. The chastisement of our peace was upon him. This was from the hand of His Father as He judged our sin in our sin-bearer. What a mystery! And, oh, what love, that God should so afflict His Son to spare His enemies!

Finally, the finished work of the cross. With His stripes we are healed. We have healing by virtue of the work of Christ alone. He paid our debt. He bore our judgment. He removed our curse. He cures our disease. He redeemed us to God. Hallelujah! What a Saviour!
Daily devotions are from the book "Eagle's Wings" published by the Free Presbyterian Church.
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