Jesus’ suffering and death were was always God’s plan. Here is more of Isaiah 53.
Still, it’s what God had in mind all along, to crush him with pain.
The plan was that he give himself as an offering for sin so that he’d see life come from it—life, life, and more life.
And God’s plan will deeply prosper through him.
Out of that terrible travail of soul, he’ll see that it’s worth it and be glad he did it.
Through what he experienced, my righteous one, my servant, will make many “righteous ones,” as he himself carries the burden of their sins. Therefore I’ll reward him extravagantly—
the best of everything, the highest honours—because he looked death in the face and didn’t flinch, because he embraced the company of the lowest.
He took on his own shoulders the sin of the many; he took up the cause of all the black sheep. (Isaiah 53:10-12, MSG)
Do you see it, friends? He died for you, as the offering for your sin, yes, yours and mine. And even more, he is glad he did and he gives the chance to be part of all that happened.
All we have to do is ask.
Prayer- Lord I am one of those black sheep, whose sins separate me from you. Forgive me, Lord. I believe you died for my sins and were crucified, died and rose from the dead so I could have eternal life. Forgive my sin. Thank you for your gift of eternal life and for your Holy Spirit who has come to live in me. Amen!