Daily Devotional: Saturday, April 11, 2020
Isaiah 53:12b (KJV)
because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
Here at the very end of Isaiah’s prophecy about the coming Messiah, he lists the work Jesus did for His people.
He poured out His soul unto death.
Jesus was active in His death and He did it for us. Jesus’ death was no suicide. Jesus did not pour out His life to lash out at His family members. His death was not the last act of a bitter man. Jesus poured out His life as our Good Shepherd. It was His final work as the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world. Jesus poured out His life to save us.
He was counted with the transgressors.
You. Me. Your mother. Every boy. Every girl. Every unborn child who has ever lived. All of us are transgressors. All of us are sinners. Even the unborn child still in his mother’s womb is a transgressor before the Holy God. Even the unborn baby is dead in his trespasses and sins. Jesus was counted with us all. With us, He too became a transgressor.
He bore the sin of many.
Jesus bore our sin. Jesus bore the sin of all those many down through the centuries who have known Him and have believed on Him. Our sin became His sin.
He made intercession for the transgressors.
Jesus made intercession with God for the transgressors. Jesus pleaded with God to save sinners.
Jesus pleaded with His Father for sinners to be saved from His wrath, from judgment, and from Hell.
This is our Messiah foretold by the prophet Isaiah in chapter 53.
What a wonderful Savior is Jesus our Lord!
He poured out his soul unto death.
He was counted with the sinners.
He bore the sin of many.
He pleaded with God for the salvation of sinners.
- Are you a sinner?
- Did Jesus plead with God to save you?
- Are you good enough so you don’t need Jesus?
SONG OF THE WEEK
Stricken, smitten, and afflicted
Stricken, smitten, and afflicted,
See Him dying on the tree!
’Tis the Christ by man rejected;
Yes, my soul, ’tis He, ’tis He!
’Tis the long expected Prophet,
David’s Son, yet David’s Lord;
By His Son God now has spoken:
‘Tis the true and faithful Word.
Tell me, ye who hear Him groaning,
Was there ever grief like His?
Friends through fear His cause disowning,
Foes insulting His distress;
Many hands were raised to wound Him,
None would interpose to save;
But the deepest stroke that pierced Him
Was the stroke that Justice gave.
Ye who think of sin but lightly,
Nor suppose the evil great,
Here may view its nature rightly,
Here its guilt may estimate.
Mark the sacrifice appointed,
See Who bears the awful load;
‘Tis the Word, the Lord’s Anointed,
Son of Man and Son of God.
Here we have a firm foundation,
Here the refuge of the lost;
Christ’s the Rock of our salvation,
His the Name of which we boast.
Lamb of God for sinners wounded,
Sacrifice to cancel guilt!
None shall ever be confounded
Who on Him their hope have built.
PRAYER OF THE DAY
Father in heaven, I thank You for sending Jesus to die for my sins, and for the gift of faith by which I receive complete forgiveness and the adoption of sons. I would have nothing without You. Yet I find that in Christ You have given me all things. Help me to use these treasures for the advancement of Your glory and kingdom, both now and forever. Amen.
OTHER PRAYER NEEDS
- That God we would grow in our love for God and one another
- That our hearts would be strengthened as we meet online tomorrow
- That we would learn patience as we continue to wait upon the Lord
SCRIPTURE MEMORY THIS WEEK
Isaiah 53:11-12 (KJV)
11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.