During my study of Isaiah 53 last week, I saw a connection I hadn’t seen before, a link between two sheep.
The first sheep is you and I, and this is what we did:
All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:6)
Yes, we are all sheep who have gone astray. We know what is right yet often choose what is wrong. We know there is a God because of all He has made, yet we live as though we are accountable to no one. To put it plainly, we have all sinned and fallen short of God’s glory.
Then Isaiah speaks of a second sheep, a lamb who didn’t run away but rather stayed to save the sheep who did. This second lamb is Jesus, and here is what He did:
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
yet he opened not his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
so he opened not his mouth. (Isaiah 53:7)
Jesus, the perfect lamb of God, stayed to pay the penalty of all the sheep who ran away. He was pierced, crushed, chastised, and wounded so all the rebel sheep could go in peace.
This week I was reminded of how like a rebellious sheep I wondered from God and sought to live life my way. I chose to act like God rather than worship God. And instead of finding freedom and happiness, I found only guilt and shame. And then I remembered the beauty of Jesus, the lamb who stayed and obeyed, to take away my guilt and shame, and give me peace with God.
Last week I pondered the blood and gore of the cross of Christ and came to two conclusions: 1) Yes, I am really that bad, and 2) God is really that good.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)