Who will serve?

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Who will serve the sentence handed down justly? Is it the one who broke the law or is it the one who transgressed?

When Jesus was “numbered with the transgressors”, he sweat great drops of blood as though he were the one facing a horrible sentence.

Isaiah 52-53 is a beautiful poem in ancient Hebrew of God’s plan to allow the suffering servant (Jesus Christ our LORD) to be substituted for the people*. By taking our penalty for sin, He allowed us to be free indeed.

Whosoever will, shall come (Revelation 22:17). – Teresa #lovedabundantly #newbeginnings

*Becoming What God Intended, Dr. David Eckman

Luke 22:35-38 (ESV)

35 And he said to them, “When I sent you out with no moneybag or knapsack or sandals, did you lack anything?” They said, “Nothing.” 36 He said to them, “But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one. 37 For I tell you that this Scripture must be fulfilled in me: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors.’ For what is written about me has its fulfillment.” 38 And they said, “Look, Lord, here are two swords.” And he said to them, “It is enough.”

Luke 22:39-45 (ESV)

39 And he came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him. 40 And when he came to the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” 41 And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, 42 saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” 43 And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. 44 And being in agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.[a] 45 And when he rose from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping for sorrow, 46 and he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation.”

Isaiah 53:11,12 (NIV)

11 After he has suffered,
he will see the light of lifeand be satisfied;
by his knowledge my righteous servant will justifymany,
and he will bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,
and he will divide the spoilswith 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.

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