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Hope Lost and Found:
Insights on God’s Plan of Salvation, Revival and Restoration
Part 16 — Christ's Living Sacrifice Begs the Response and Revival of our Heart
by Harvey L. Diamond
In Isaiah 53 we have a perfect picture of the prophesied Messiah's living sacrifice. His sacrifice paid the debt for our sins to satisfy a righteous God's judgment. Moreover, as Paul exhorted, if we receive His sacrifice for the penalty of our sins--which separated us from God--with a true heart of gratefulness, it is certainly reasonable that we pursue a path allowing the Holy Spirit to transform our nature, and live with a grateful and sacrificial heart. Such will bring us out of a life centered in self indulgence. Let's look at these two Scriptures together.
Who has believed our report?
And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant,
And as a root out of dry ground.
He has no form or comeliness;
And when we see Him,
There is no beauty that we should desire Him.
He is despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
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....
He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He opened not His mouth;
He was led as a lamb to the slaughter,
And as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
So He opened not His mouth.
He was taken from prison and from judgment,
And who will declare His generation?
For He was cut off from the land of the living;
For the transgressions of My people He was stricken.
And they made His grave with the wicked -
But with the rich at His death,
Because He had done no violence,
Nor was any deceit in His mouth.
Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him;
He has put Him to grief.
When You make His soul an offering for sin,
He shall see His seed,
He shall prolong His days,
And the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.
He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied.
By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many,
For He shall bear their iniquities.
Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great,
And He shall divide the spoil with the strong,
Because He poured out His soul unto death,
And He was numbered with the transgressors,
And He bore the sin of many,
And made intercession for the transgressors.
"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. "
We all want to find God's will. It begins by submitting to the discipline of the Spirit. That discipline is released as we surrender to the Cross, and receive the grace of Christ's atonement for our sins.
Are there areas in your life you need to surrender at the feet of Jesus? His salvation is as near as the confession of your heart.