His Punishment Brought Peace

He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. – Isaiah 53:5

The legacy of peace that Christ was to leave with the world did not come cheaply. He paid a great price, yes he even paid the ultimate price, so that you and I could enjoy the peace of God.

The world has never known, either before the Christ or after the Christ, one so willing to sacrifice for the purpose of establishing peace in the hearts of all men regardless of national origin, or where they fit on the socio-economic scale. Beside what the Bible says of Christ and his sacrifice for our peace there is no better way to say it than the words of President Lincoln spoken at Gettysburg, Pa.

This speech memorializing slain soldiers contained these words: “The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced..It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom,”

There is a difference between the sacrifice of men to bring peace to a nation and the suffering of Christ to bring peace to the world. The peace of a nation that is passed from one generation to the next carries with it the continuing struggle to further a task that can never be permanently finished – but when Christ was hanging on the Cross, of his work to bring peace to mankind, he said, “It is finished.” That’s it – he finished the work and we have access to his peace.

Prayer: Father, there is much I should do make peace and keep peace with others, but that can only happen if I have peace with you. Grant it In Jesus name, amen.

His Punishment Brought Peace

Principle: Christ endured the punishment that brought us peace. He gave us the opportunity to have peace with God and peace in our bodies through healing.

Affirmation: I am grateful for the price Jesus paid to secure my peace and to give me the opportunity to be healed.

Reflection: In thinking of President Lincolns address at the battlefield near Gettysburg, Pa., how do his words about those who died there and what they achieved compare to the death of Christ and what he achieved?

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