I have a lot of scars. Some are self inflicted, some are from having babies, some are from illness, some are from attempts to take my own life, some are internal and can’t be seen by human eyes. They all mean something and they are all reminders of some long ago time in my life. My heart is also scarred. It has been broken more than once, usually because of things I did to it; decisions I made that sent loved ones packing. I have scars in my mind; from the drugs I used, from the memories I hold onto for no reason, from the lies the enemy likes to tell me. You know what? I suffer. We all do from time to time. When I came back to the Lord I knew that it wouldn’t be roses and meadows and sunshine all the time. I knew I would be on the battlefield (especially the one between my ears) nearly everyday. Being on the battlefield is tough. I get beaten, bruised, persecuted, tormented, stabbed, thrown, kicked, and shot. Sound familiar? Jesus suffered too. He still does when He sees us in pain because of our own decisions. This man, fully human and fully God, came to earth as a perfect being with NO SIN so that I could be FREE from my own personal torment. So that I could minimize the scarring on my life and give ALL my sins to Him. He shed His blood for ME. He paid for my dominion over Satan when His sweat turned to blood in the Garden of Gethsemane (Luke 22:44). He paid for my healing by his stripes (the 39 lashes he received). He was bruised for my iniquity. He shed His blood on His brow so I wouldn’t live in poverty (Genesis 3:19). He paid for my inheritance when His hands were nailed to the cross. He paid for the price of my peace when His feet were nailed to the cross. And He healed my broken heart when He was pierced in the side. SEVEN TIMES this perfect, sinless man bled for me. Please read the following passage slowly and with reverence to our Lord…
Isaiah 53:1-12 – Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? 2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. 3 He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. 4 Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. 5 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. 6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. 8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away. Yet who of his generation protested? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was punished. 9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was nay deceit in his mouth. 10 Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand. 11 After all he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with 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.
I am weeping as I type this. I’m quite nearly ready to get on my face right this very moment. I am so unworthy. My light and momentary troubles are receiving a glory that is eternal. Every time I get a new scar from a new battle, I am receiving another jewel in my crown that I can throw at my SAVIOR’S feet in heaven!
You can read Isaiah 53-56 about Isaiah’s prophecies at www.biblegateway.com. What a testimony to God’s favor and mercy upon us all! Join in the discussion by posting comments or questions below and let’s do this together!! #ReadtheBible #bgbg2 #BibleGateway #newbeginnings #Isaiah
To further your reading, consider this from:
Matthew 11:28-30 – “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
He is begging me to give up the fight TO HIM. He frees me from every single burden. He covers EVERY SINGLE SCAR with His love and grace and healing and MERCY!! My suffering is NOT punishment, but a battle scar that demonstrates my LOYALTY!!