HAVE YOU BEEN JUSTIFIED?
“After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities.” – Is. 53:11 (NIV)
Isaiah was one of the prophets who had the privilege of seeing the Messiah afar off and prophesying about his ministry. In Isaiah 53, he gives a detailed description of the Messiah and what he would undergo, culminating in the fulfilment of God’s earnest desires for us human beings.The Messian came and died so we can have peace and fellowship with God forever. Click To Tweet
Verses 3 – 6 of that chapter read as follows:
“3. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
6. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” – Isaiah 53:3-6
Many of us don’t know what it means to be alienated, especially by those we love. But here was someone whose sole purpose of being born was to sacrifice His life for others and yet He was scorned by the very same people. The people of His day felt He deserved what He got.
“How dare he call himself the Son of God, thereby making himself equal to God?” they demanded in outrage (John 5:18).
Yet, he went ahead and bore the agony to earn our forgiveness from sin, healing and freedom from every harassment of the devil. All we have to do is to believe and accept what He freely offers. That is what it means to be justified. To have the righteousness of Christ reckoned to us because our sins have been charged to Him.
“… ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” – 1 Corinthians 6:11
“1. Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
2. Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity” – Psalm 32:1-2.
“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” – Romans 5:1.
So, I’d like to ask you pointedly: Have you been justified? Are you blessed as the scripture in Psalm 32 above indicates? Do you have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ?
For sure, there are many ways that seem to offer hope to us. Some say we are all intrinsically good and with the right education and comfort, we’ll be glowing examples of our specie. But a look at the news will show you that all of us are corrupt through and through as the Bible declares and in need of a Saviour.God wants to save us from the evil within us and live out His holiness in us. Click To Tweet
“2. God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God.
3. Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” – Psalm 53:2-3
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” – Romans 3:23
Any good in us is likely to be perverted one way or the other if we don’t come to God to overhaul us and live out His holiness in us.
“But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.” – Romans 6:22
Charting our course will make us go astray. We should come humbly to the One whose blood has been shed for the remission of our sins.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16
If you haven’t done so, come to the Saviour Jesus today and be cleansed. Come to Him and receive life everlasting.Have you been justified? Do you have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ? Click To Tweet
Before I end this post, I want to share this beautiful video with you (lyrics attached) in which Chris Rice sings his awesome song, “Come to Jesus“.
The scriptures used in this post are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible except where otherwise stated.
If you would like to accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, you may pray this short prayer:
PRAYER FOR SALVATION
Almighty God, I repent of my sins and ask you to forgive me. I receive the work Jesus did for me by shedding His blood for my sins. Write my name in the Lamb’s Book of Life and send your Spirit to live in my heart and teach me your word. I receive the grace to live a life that honours you henceforth in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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