Isaiah 53:10-12 (NLT)
10 Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
and though the LORD makes his life an offering for sin,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand.
11 After he has suffered,
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.
12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,
and he will divide the spoils with the strong,
because he poured out his life unto death,
and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.
It’s amazing to think that long before Jesus even came to this Earth, Isaiah prophesied about his coming and our desperate need for the one and only Righteous Servant. God planned for the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for our desperately undeserved redemption, thousands of years before it happened. Before time even began, God had orchestrated Plan A, and knew that Plan A was all, and everything it would take to redeem us to him. That God would be so mindful of us that he would even consider sacrificing his only son so that we might cast off our weight of sin and embrace an eternal life of freedom in Jesus is mind-blowing enough. That he actually did it is more than we could ever hope to ask for.
On this Easter Sunday 2012, it is my prayer that you believe, claim, and walk in the love, grace and freedom Jesus so lovingly blessed you with–not just on Easter, not just every once-in-awhile when you feel like it, but with every breath you take.