January 3, 2019: The Will of God made plain.

 

Isaiah 53:10 (NIV)
10  Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand.

 

The subject of God’s will is often the central subject of bible studies in the church.  What does God want me to do?  Where should I live? Whom should I marry?  What should I do?  All these are concerns to be sure but the answer as to what is God’s will for me has already been made clear by the prophets and the apostles.

 

This text tells us what the will of God was.  Listen carefully to what I’m going to write here.  It was God’s will to crush his son.  To wound and scar his son.  To make his life a guilt offering.  This is God’s will for his son.

 

How does this reveal to us what God’s will for us? In the proclamation of what his will for his Son, Jesus was, we see God’s will for us. If his will was for his son to be crushed for our sins then it naturally follows that His will for us is for us to trust in what his son has done.

 

We see the will of God made plain by considering the opposites of what happened to Christ.  It is God’s will that we should not be beaten, or scarred or crushed or broken for our sins and iniquities.

That said we now see clearly that God’s will for us is that we are saved through the crucifixion, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.  To try to accomplish God’s will by fasting or praying harder or seeking to live a more holy life are all nice things to do but if you are not rightly related to God through Jesus by what he did then the will of God will always be a mystery to you.

 

God wants you to know that his desire for you is that you are saved and rescued by his Son.

 

See you tomorrow

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