Jesus is the Suffering Savior
He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.
He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities, the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.
Valentine’s Day cards contain words that are chosen very carefully. They are meaningful words of love and affection. Sometimes when we are sending a valentine to someone, we might even agonize over which words to use. We want to choose the right words that express the deep love we have.
How about the words printed above by the prophet Isaiah? Would you include any of his words in a card to your loved one? At first thought you would say, “Absolutely not!” Words like “despised… rejected… sorrows… suffering… punishment” would be the last choice for a Valentine’s Day card! But the Bible surprises us. These words from God are really a wonderful expression of his true love for people.
The first thing to understand is that Isaiah was writing about Jesus. Jesus, God’s Son, was sent to earth to be the world’s Savior. The Bible tells us that because of sin there was punishment looming for all people. But Jesus took that punishment on himself. Jesus is our Savior who suffered for sinners. He took all this suffering on himself, including death on a cross, so that people wouldn’t suffer eternally.
The second thing to remember is that we are talking about something very personal to all of us. We were the ones Jesus came to suffer for. We were the ones who were headed to the punishment of eternal separation from God. Our sinful thoughts, words, and actions condemned us. But as the prophet wrote, “He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities, the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.”
Jesus’ love for us is deep and long-lasting. It’s not a shallow love that we might receive from others, or a love that is here today and gone tomorrow. Jesus’ love is eternal. He promises that since he suffered and gave up his life for us, he will continue to love us each and every day.
Every time you open the Bible it’s like Valentine’s Day. These are God’s words of love for you.
Join us for worship on Saturday evenings at 6:00pm or Sunday mornings at 10:30am to hear of the eternal life given to you in Jesus and to find encouragement with others who trust in him as their Savior from sin.
Join us also for special services on the Wednesdays during Lent (February 10-March 16) at 7:00pm. A potluck dinner is planned before each service beginning at 6:00pm for those that would like to take advantage of that.
If you have any questions or would like to talk over anything, please email Pastor Shrimpton.