“He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.”
Isaiah 53:3-5 NKJV
In my life I have been wronged. If I were to give a blow by blow accounting of all that has been done to me, I would soon find myself awash in a sea of bitterness. It would affect how I feel about others, and also affect how I feel about myself. Many of those who have wronged me are still around, and many also remember what they did to me. There are times when I dwell on the concept of recompense for the wrongs that have so impacted my life. So much pain. So much damage. Surely there is some kind of reparation that can be paid.
Then I consider Jesus.
He went to the cross for my sins. The most vile things I have ever done were washed away under the blood of my Savior. They were not simply covered, but completely removed. His resurrection then gave me new life, the power to stop sinning, the freedom to turn away from the things that can ensnare me. He was my propitiation, my payment for the sin debt that destined me for eternity in hell.
My sin put Him on that cross, my sin forged the nails that were pounded into His hands and feet. I am the guilty one. I wronged Jesus in the ultimate way possible. If anyone owes anyone reparations, it is me.
We are sinners.
In the midst of that ultimate incident of police brutality, Jesus faced the rejection of the people He came to save, and with His death offered salvation to the very men who brutalized Him. His sacrifice for us has no price. It is beyond the values of this world. Because of Jesus, I have a future in Heaven. I will inherit the Kingdom of God. For my wrong I will become I overwhelmingly and eternally enriched.
We are in a time where there are cries for recompense for the wrongs done by those who held slaves to those who were slaves. The problem is there are no more slave holders and no more slaves. All of them have long since died away. No of us living has no recollection of those atrocious times. Now is a time for grace, a time for new things, new relationships and greater understanding.
We can’t make up for the past. I certainly wouldn’t go to those who abused and mistreated me to seek some kind of recompense for the wrongs endured. Instead I offer grace, I place the transgression under the blood of Jesus. I forgive. God has more than made up for the all the sins of others that I have endured. He has forgiven my sins. I must, in turn forgive others.
Believers, be ye black or white, you have been forgiven. Your sins, as red as scarlet, have been washed away and you are now clean. Extend that grace to others. Let us focus on new beginnings. Make today the day when people of faith, of all colors sit and seek the Lord to create a new reality.
Jesus came and paid a sin debt He did not owe for sinners such as us, who owed a sin debt we could not pay. Furthermore, we brought the wrong to Him, one innocent, who willingly went to the cross as He was destined from the foundation of the earth. When we see Him we will see the damage our sin did to Him. We will see the marks from the crown of thorns, the nail pierced hands and feet, the spear in the side, and we will mourn.
““I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn.”
Zechariah 12:10 NASB
It is time for all to confess sins, all to come to repentance for the wrong done to Jesus and for the wrongs done to each other. There is a need to pay. His chosen reparation is the giving of your heart. In exchange He gives forgiveness and eternal life in Heaven.
He paid for the peace that has so eluded us. By His stripes, we are healed.
I am sitting now, listening to a version of “Come just as you are.” It is fitting. He will meet you where you are. Those who don’t know Him, you can drink the living water and never thirst again. Seek Him today. Pray for forgiveness and begin life anew.
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