August 9, 2022     3:43 pm
5. First Week in Advent - Thursday
The Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
          The LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.   Isaiah 53:6
          In this way Isaiah prophesied concerning Christ, the promised Messiah. He spoke as if these things had happened long before. And now they are long past. The Lord did lay on Him the iniquity of us all, and we are free and saved eternally. These are the glad tidings brought to us now. But how few there are that believe these glad tidings! Many are offended at Christ Crucified. Flesh and blood in looking at Him, behold neither form nor comeliness, no beauty such as they would wish to see. He is despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. Man, as it were, hides his face from Him; natural man does not esteem Him. Yet the Lord laid on Him the iniquity of us all. Surely, He has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows. 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. We are all as sheep gone astray; but the Lord has laid on Him the iniquities of us all. He was the blameless and patient Lamb of God that bore the sins of the world. It pleased God so to bruise Him. He has made His soul an offering for sin. Those who are born of God know this and behold this, and delight in it. And even He, our Saviour, delights in the congregation of believers which has sprung from His sowing of blood and from the travail[painful exertion] of His soul. By His knowledge He, the righteous Servant of God, justifies many; for He bore their iniquities. Despite the unbelief of many the portion of His spoil is large, because He has poured out His soul to death, and was numbered with the transgressors. And you, too, O Christian, are of the portion of His blessed spoil [treasures won by force]. Your sin, also, the Lord laid upon Himself.
          PRAYER: - I thank You, my crucified Redeemer, because You bore my sin and made me righteous in the sight of God. I thank You for the blood You shed and for Your death upon the cross. When I contemplate this my soul delights in You. For this is my salvation. I thank You that through Your most precious Gospel You plucked me, a poor sinner, from out of the unbelieving world, and through faith in You made me a portion of Your spoil, and are satisfied with a great satisfaction. Hold me fast, Lord Jesus, and take spoil upon spoil from unbelief and destruction, O Jesus. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 9, 2022     3:43 pm