In Isaiah 53:5, the bible, while talking about Jesus Christ, says: ”…He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him.…”.
The passage above, gives us a synopsis of the sufferings that Jesus Christ had to put up with, while on earth. At different times, He was scolded, witch-hunted, betrayed, forsaken, ridiculed, bludgeoned, tried, convicted and eventually crucified. And this was a man, who was born with incredible promises, shone like no other star before, loved and revered by the low, high and mighty, depended upon by lots and lots of people, but ended up so ignominiously. His sufferings and subsequent death no doubt, epitomizes the extent of man inhumanity to man! But why did He have to leave His glorious abode in Heaven for this sinful world to suffer, and to die horrifically we may wish to ask ourselves again? Well, He had to for many reasons; some of which are: to fulfil prophesies (Micah 5:2-5 (Matthew 2:1-6), Isaiah 7:14 (Mathew 1:18), Psalm 78:2 (Mathew 13:34), Zechariah 9:9 (Luke 19:35-37), Isaiah 53:12 (Matthew 27:38), etc.), to save the lost (Luke 19:10), to give salvation to the entire world (Romans 10:9-10), etc. And from the bible passages cited above, it is clear that He fulfilled all the reasons for which He came to the world brilliantly and in addition, He bequeathed to us, many mouth-watering gains that include:
1. Healing. If we stretch Isaiah 53:5 a little bit more, it says: ”But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed”. By this passage, we can safely conclude that our healing is closely linked with the sufferings of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, if you are poorly at the moment, please don’t resign to fate, pray to Him to heal you, and He will before long (Luke 11:9). Amen.
2. Being children of God. Because of the many sufferings and subsequent death of Jesus Christ, those who received Him, can now lay claim to being called children of God with a good measure of confidence. John 1:12 confirms this position as follows: ”But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name”. This undeniably, is a very uplifting piece of information!
3. Being joint Heirs of God with Christ. Apostle Paul verified this fact in Romans 8:16-17 this way: ”The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together”. And from this passage, no one can fault us, if we say we have the same rights as Jesus Christ in the Kingdom of God. This is sure deserving of applause. Praise God!
4. Being raised up with Christ. Again, Apostle Paul, confirmed this cheering news in Ephesians 2:5-6, thus: ”… even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus”. It is clear from this passage that even though we are currently on earth, the fact is that we are already spiritually raised up with Jesus Christ in Heaven. Hallelujah!
5. Being citizens of Heaven. Apostle Paul also substantiated this claim when He said: ”For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20). As you can see, we are mere sojourners on earth; our permanent abode is in Heaven. Perhaps you don’t own a home on earth at the moment; I pray that you will build yours in a short time. But should it not happen as we envisage, then don’t worry yourself too much, because you have a mansion waiting for you in Heaven. You will take possession of it and reside in it when you get there. Not only that, you will be close to Jesus Christ forever (John 14:2-3). Amen.
Friend, as you can see, the sufferings and death of Jesus Christ were designed to bestow good gains on us; apart from reconciling us with God! He has played His own parts creditably, and the onus now lies on us to make sure that His ordeals are not in vain. From now on, it is fitting that we reaffirm our commitments to Him regularly, and make sure that we work harder than ever before, to safeguard our Salvation. May the good Lord help us as we do these, in Jesus name. Amen.
Jesus is Lord!
C Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu, 2012.