And the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
I read and reread the line above and honestly wonder if there is any reason to continue this article—to try and add to that great truth that says, again, “and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Considering this, is there really anything else that needs to be said? Maybe not.
Here’s a feeble attempt . . . As Christian people, do we recognize that every wicked thought, every evil deed, and every vicious word—whether past, present, or future—has already been nailed with Jesus on the cross? Do we see that every wrong step we have taken and will take has been crucified with our great Savior, Jesus Christ? Do we cling to the fact that, as Christians, as immersed believers, our sins are washed away because of the death, burial, and resurrection of our perfect and holy Lord? Do we believe that, as people of Christ, what we have done and said and thought and imagined is all forgiven, and that we no longer have to dwell upon it, because the Son of God has paid for us the price of our guilt and sin? Do we rest in the reality that Christ is ours and we are his and that when he returns we will be like him—in every way!—and that we will see him as he is?
I imagine that we sometimes do and we sometimes don’t. There are days (hours? minutes?) where we find comfort in the salvation that we have in Christ. Yet there are also days (hours? minutes?) where we wonder, we doubt, and we struggle. Yet the great prophet Isaiah reminds us of the sacrifice that in his time was to come, and that in our time has already come. This is the ultimate, final, once-for-all sacrifice that would forever remove sin from those who believe in and follow Christ: “And the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
Because we are truly saved, we rejoice with the voice of the heavenly beings in Revelation 4:8, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God almighty, who was and is and is to come.”
Yes, yes, yes! Holy is this great One who has paid our debt.