He bore the iniquity of us all
“We have all gone astray like sheep, each going his own way, and the Lord has laid upon him the iniquity of us all.” Isaiah 53:6
“All those whom we love as sheep have gone astray; we have each turned to his own way…” says the Bible. We are all, by nature, like lost and wandering sheep who have turned away from our true Shepherd and Creator. We each turned away to go our own way.
What an accurate description of humanity! Instead of following the LORD God and living according to His perfect will and purpose for us, we follow our own will and desire, go our own way and direction, and rebel against God and His Word. Instead of loving God and living for him, we love ourselves and do what we want. Instead of listening to God’s commands and obeying them, we close our ears, justify our sins, and seek to establish our own compromising values in place of His absolute truth.
The lost, wandering and scattered sheep, each going in a different direction, are a picture of our world, with people wandering hither and thither and seeking life, happiness and fulfillment in all but the LORD God who created them .
But the Bible also tells us: “…And the Lord has laid upon him the iniquity of us all.” God took all of our sins and guilt and punished them in the innocent suffering and death of His own beloved Son, Jesus Christ! Our sins and iniquities were placed on Jesus and He was punished in our place.
This is why darkness covered the earth as Jesus hung there on the cross. And that is why Jesus cried out, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46).
Although Jesus died an agonizing and horrible death on the cross because we turned away from God and sinned against him, the beauty of it all is that all of our sins and guilt were punished in Jesus Christ . “It is finished,” cried Jesus (John 19:30). The debt of our sins is fully paid! And Jesus rose in triumph on the third day!
Therefore, through repentance and faith in Jesus, our Messiah and Savior, we can have forgiveness and eternal life! Instead of being judged and condemned for our own sins, God judged and condemned His own holy and innocent Son and He offers and gives us, through faith in Christ, forgiveness and peace with Him. What could be more beautiful for the lost and condemned sinner!
Because Jesus suffered our just punishment, fully paid for our sins and the sins of the whole world, and then rose again in victory, the gates of heaven have been opened to us. Through faith in Jesus, we can be sure that on the day of our death we will go with him to paradise (cf. Lk 23:43)!
Dearest Jesus, we have, like lost sheep, turned around and gone our own way. We have sinned against you. Thank you for bearing on the cross the just punishment for our sins and iniquities. Grant us forgiveness and life with you in your eternal kingdom by faith in your name. Amen.
— Scripture is quoted from the King James Version of the Bible. Devotion is by Randy Moll. He can be contacted by email at [email protected] Moll’s other devotional writings can be read freely at https://goodshepherdonline.org. The opinions expressed are those of the author.