Make It Sure

But 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. All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned every one to his own way; And the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all. ~ Isaiah 53:5-6

There was no other way because we all, like sheep, went astray, and each one of us turned to our own way. Therefore, there was no more hope for us unless the Father laid all of our sins and all of our iniquities on Jesus.

Jesus bore the punishment for our sins and iniquities with the blows that He took and with the nails that pierced His hands and His feet. He suffered the punishment that brought us peace by bringing us back into right standing with God the Father and with Himself.

Then, to top it all off, Jesus was whipped with a terrible beating on His back that purchased our healing. We don’t have to live in sickness; our healing was purchased by Jesus Himself.

Look at what He suffered on our behalf. To be cut off from the land of the living means that Jesus suffered literal death. Jesus did not just look like He was dead; He was dead for three days and three nights before being resurrected on the third day.

That is true favor. That God, the living Creator God, would leave His throne on high to come and suffer such a violent death in order to give us a blessed and highly favored eternity. We’re not talking about 70 or 80 years. We are not even talking about 120 years. We are talking about eternity.

When we’ve been there 10,000 years
Bright shining as the sun
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we first began

That, my friends, is true favor. You can’t buy it with gold. You can’t purchase it with silver. You can’t borrow it. You can’t steal it. You can’t even find it. You must receive it, and only from Jesus.

Eternity is a long, long time. Are you preparing for eternity? Are you living your life as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable? Are you ready to enter eternity? Each day is a gift from God; tomorrow is promised to no one, so don’t put off your salvation. This Easter, make your salvation and eternity sure.

Peace. Love. Go Forth and Make It Sure.

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