Isaiah 53:3

He was despised and rejected—
    a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief.
We turned our backs on him and looked the other way.
    He was despised, and we did not care.  Isaiah 53:3

The prophecy concerning the crucifixion of Jesus Christ was given hundred of years before He ever stepped foot upon the earth.  Isaiah prophesied of the coming messiah and all that He would have to suffer.  Jesus was despised and rejected because of our sin.  We are incapable of saving ourselves and it was only Jesus who could save us.

Before the foundations of the world were created, the plan of salvation was established.  The Father knew when He created man and woman in His image that He would have to send His Son to take the punishment they deserved.  Jesus knew when He created Adam and Eve that He would have to take the sin of the world upon Himself because only His precious blood could atone for the sin of humanity.

The love of God was demonstrated in Jesus going to the cross.  If we ever wonder if God truly loves us we only need to look at the sacrifice that Jesus made for us.  He who knew no sin became sin for us so that His righteousness could be applied to our lives when our faith and trust is place on Him.

His love is not earned, it is simply received as a gift.  His love for us never changes, it is not dependent upon our behavior nor our performance.  When we truly understand the truth of Jesus Christ we will simply desire to draw near with our whole heart.  In drawing near we will be transformed and His will and destiny will be fulfilled in our lives.  The time of His return draws ever nearer.  May we abide daily in Him and seek His face with our whole heart.


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