“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wound you have been healed.”
– 1 Peter 2:24 (NIV)
Christ died for our sins, in our place, so we would not have to suffer the punishment we deserve. This is called ‘subsitutionary atonement’. Knowing that God sent his only son to this damned world to save us, to give us another chance is more than enough of a reason to live for God and Jesus. Could any of you reading this, imagine what life would be like if this was not done? Could you imagine the HELL we would be living in?
“So Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and will appear a second time, not to fear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.”
– Hebrews 9:28 (NIV)
“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.”
– Isaiah 53:5 (NIV)
“By oppression and judgment he was taken away, and who can speak of his descendants? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgressions of my people he was stricken. He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.”
– Isaiah 53:8,9 (NIV)
The last three scriptures tell a story of a strong, faithful, and loving son who was sent to this world by his father. Just ponder on and reflect on the things that this half man half God went through to save us from the punishment which we deserve. We are indeed healed by his wounds!
Peace & Love