Who did it?

To Follow Jesus

My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.

March/April 2015 Issue – ‘The Servant’

The text set for today’s reading and meditation:

Isaiah 53:10 (NIVUK):Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.”

I found this a difficult study, because I find it hard to comprehend that suffering is under the authority of God, but I know that it is.

I think the quote of Octavius Winslow, is a good summary: “Who delivered up Jesus to die? Not Judas for money, not Pilate for fear, not the Jews for envy, but the Father for love!” And, we should not overlook the fact that ‘the Father felt the pain of the cross just as much as the Son’.

Consequently, the sacrifice of Jesus to save our eternal lives grows even greater in magnitude – our Creator God suffered willingly to save you and me (and we were once His enemies) – it’s an amazing  act of love. The more you focus on just what God has done for us, the more you realise that to reject Jesus and His saving grace, is – by far – the greatest crime.

What are your views?