Bible believers partake of the Lord’s Supper every first day of the week — just like we see them doing in the Word of God (Acts 20:7). As we undertake this effort, we do our very best to keep our minds focused on what Jesus did for us at Calvary.
Some will close their eyes to focus. Some read the words of a song having to do with the Lord’s sacrifice. Yet others will read some portion of Scripture which details the great gift of Jesus on the cross.
One of the great places to read about this great and glorious gift is Isaiah 53. Three verses in particular show the magnitude of Jesus’ sacrifice.
“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. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 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. 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).
Notice the words in bold. These “pronouns of prophecy” sum up the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ. Jesus did not die as a result of His sin or mistakes — He died as a result of ours.
On this day, let these words of the Messianic prophet remind us of the terrible tragedy which occurred at Golgotha. Yes, I understand it was prophesied. Yes, I realize it was necessary in order for our opportunity to be saved. But I (we) also need to understand the enormity of what occurred for us. Do you?