February 23, 2018 – The Punishment That Gives Us Peace – Psalm 22:14-24, Isaiah 53:5

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I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart has turned to wax; it has melted within me.  My mouth is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death.

Dogs surround me, a pack of villains encircles me; they pierce my hands and my feet. All my bones are on display; people stare and gloat over me. They divide my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment.

But you, Lord, do not be far from me. You are my strength; come quickly to help me. Deliver me from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dogs. Rescue me from the mouth of the lions; save me from the horns of the wild oxen.

I will declare your name to my people; in the assembly I will praise you. You who fear the Lord, praise him! All you descendants of Jacob, honor him!                 

Revere him, all you descendants of Israel! For he has not despised or scorned the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help. Psalm 22:14-24 (NIV)

But he was pierced for our transgressions,
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
    and by his wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:5 (NIV)

Psalm 22:14-18 is often referenced on Good Friday, as it is a foreshadowing of the passion and crucifixion of Christ.  The imagery is disturbing.  It tells us of the suffering that Jesus willingly endured for our sake. Jesus was abandoned to the torture of the Romans.  His hands and feet were pierced.  He took the punishment that brought us peace. (Isaiah 53:5)

Psalm 22 is not only about the passion and death of Jesus, but about the faithfulness of God and how Jesus has taken on the punishments that we deserved.

Today is an opportunity for us to meditate on what Jesus’ suffering and sacrifice means for us.

How do we live in response to all He has done for us?

 

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