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  • Shawn Gerbers

Isaiah 53 - Paying the Price

We have all sinned immensely; yet Jesus paid it all.

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Read Isaiah 53 (Concentrate on v6-11)

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Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 12

Q. According to God’s righteous judgment

we deserve punishment

both in this world and forever after:

how then can we escape this punishment

and return to God’s favor?

A. God requires that his justice be satisfied.

Therefore the claims of his justice must be paid in full,

either by ourselves or another.



If you could see a list of all your sins, would you want to? How long would that list be? Would it take up a whole filing cabinet? Would it fill hundreds of books?

I cannot imagine how many sins I have committed in my life, and honestly, I have no desire to know. Knowing that I am a sinner is enough.

Isaiah confirms what we already know in the first half of v6:

We all, like sheep, have gone astray,

each of us has turned to our own way;

It's verses like this that so many people with only a slight knowledge of the Bible think the Bible and the Church is full of: condemnation, guilt & shame... telling us what we already know: that we're really messed up.

But so often these scoffers miss the second half of v6:

and the Lord has laid on him

the iniquity of us all.

This is the message of the Bible: we sinned but Christ fully paid the claims of God's justice.

Dig Deeper

The prophet Isaiah is speaking to a people who need to hear words of hope. They are going through a very difficult time, and they need to know that things are going to work out. Part of Isaiah’s prophecy focuses on what God is going to do. One day he is going to send the Suffering Servant. This servant is going to be righteous. He will justify many. He will bear their iniquities.

Isaiah is talking about Jesus.

When Isaiah says that the Suffering Servant will bear their iniquities, he is saying that Jesus will take on our sin. He does not pay for just a few of them. He does not remove only the worst ones. He does not take the seemingly small and insignificant sins. When we confess our sin to God, Jesus pays for all our sins in full.

Every sin separates us from God. Jesus takes all our sin. He pays them in full.

Truly, this is amazing news. To satisfy God’s justice, Jesus pays for our sins in full. Think about all the sins you have committed in your life. Jesus pays for them all. Not one is unaccounted for. Not one is overlooked or forgotten about. Praise God, Jesus paid it all!

  • ACKNOWLEDGE WHO GOD IS: Most holy God, who knows everything about me.

  • ALIGN YOUR LIFE WITH GOD'S WILL: Thank you for what Jesus has done for me. May I know that my sin has been covered completely by the work of Jesus.



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