Friday, March 28, 2014

Jesus, Though Sinless, was Numbered As One of the Sinners

Jesus lived a completely sinless life. And yet he was counted as a sinner. This is because he took on himself the sin of all the world.

Even yours. And mine.

We've talked about prophetic passages Isaiah wrote in previous posts, including:

In verse 12 of Isaiah 53, the prophet Isaiah wrote:

"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" (Isaiah 53:12, NIV 1984).

We can know with certainty that the "him" Isaiah wrote about approximately 700 years earlier was Jesus the Messiah because Jesus directly applied this prophecy to himself as he talked with his disciples during the Last Supper. (Tweet that!)

Jesus quotes Isaiah 53:12 in Luke 22:37 when he said:

"It is written: 'And he was numbered with the transgressors'; and I tell you that this must be fulfilled in me. Yes, what is written about me is reaching its fulfillment" (Luke 22:37, NIV). (Tweet that!)

Jesus, the perfect sinless One, was counted among sinners like you and me. He became one of us, yet without sin. This is beyond-belief love and mercy! (Tweet that!)

How does the fact that Jesus was counted among the sinner-transgressors like us make you feel? How does the fact that he was willing to step down from glory and step into human flesh make you feel?

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