Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. 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. All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
Of whom does the prophet Isaiah write? Certainly not you or me. He speaks of the Lord’s Servant (Isaiah 52:13), the One who was to come to bear our griefs, carry our sorrows, who would be wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities, on whom the chastisement of our peace would be upon, by whose stripes we would be healed, and upon whom the Lord laid the iniquity of us all. This “Lord’s Servant” is none other than Christ Jesus (see Hebrews 9:28-10).
Since the Lord has laid the iniquity of us all upon His Servant, His Son, Jesus Christ, only those who have their sin on Him have no sin of their own for which to give answer. In other words, if your sin is on Jesus, it is truly gone and not on you.
On the other hand, if you would bear your own sin, or try to take care of it yourself, your sin is still on you, and you will be held accountable. Many devise ways to appease God and to ease their burdened conscience, but to no avail. Guilt and shame cannot be taken away by what man does, but only by Christ. And in Christ, it is.
“He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:10-12).
If Christ’s death on the cross is not alone sufficient for your sin, then there is yet still more for you to do to take care of it before God. But placing all your sin on Christ means that there is nothing for you to do except to trust in Christ, resting in Him as your Savior, for so He is. Thanks be to God!
“The question is: What are we to do with sins—not only other people’s but our own? Paul answers that the man who is called Jesus Christ, the Son of God, has given Himself for them. These are wonderful words of consolation and promises of the old law: that our sins are not removed by any other means than by the Son of God given into death. Such bullets and such artillery must be used to destroy the papacy, all the religions of the heathen, all ceremonies, all works, all merits. For if our sins can be removed by our own satisfactions, why did the Son of God have to be given for them? But since He was given for them, it follows that we cannot remove them by works of our own.”(Luther’s Lectures on Galatians, LW 26, p32-33).
Prayer: Gracious God, look not at my sin, but upon Your Son Jesus, who died on the cross for Me. Help me not to trust my own works at all, but only in the merits of Jesus, Your beloved Son and my Redeemer. Amen.
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