I’ve never thought of myself as a rebel. I’m actually a very loyal person and a notorious rule-follower.
And yet, as I encountered the New Living Translation of a very familiar verse, I was convicted.
“But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.” Isaiah 53:5 NLT (emphasis added)
In my study translation (NASB), as in others, it says, “He was pierced for my transgressions.”
Maybe because it’s a new way to think about it – or maybe because it’s a more contemporary word – the word “rebellion” jumped out a grabbed me. I mean, isn’t that where transgressions come from? Rebellion against God’s precepts and commands.
God in Scripture: “Here is the best way to glorify me and to live in harmony with others.”
Me: “You don’t need to tell me what to do. I’ve got this.”
And I go my own way (v6). I think there are times in every day were I say, “My path is better than yours.” And there I have it – rebellion, plain and simple.
I take my path knowing that I’ve tried leaving His path before. Where does my path get me? Failure.
- Failure to bring Him glory.
- Failure to maximize the relationships He’s given me.
- Failure to demonstrate in my thought-life or my activities the grace of God in my life.
We deserved the beating, the whipping and the piercing. It was all ours.
For everyone has sinned [rebelled]; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Romans 3:23
Yet hundreds of years after Isaiah wrote about God’s gift, Paul explains not only why we deserved it, but that His suffering was truly for us.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
Accepting his gift of piercing, beating and whipping for your rebellion, trusting in His power over the grave and surrendering your life to Him will allow your record of rebellion to be exchanged for His righteousness.
For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:21
We don’t earn His righteousness by being holy, but we desire His holiness when we have been made righteous.
More than 50 years after my commitment to Christ, I still rebel. Yet I find that as I pursue His holiness more, it is easier for me to identify rebellion and reject it.
By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. 2 Peter 1:3
Have you accepted his punishment for your rebellion and submitted your life to Him? I pray that you if you haven’t you will. And that if you have, you are daily seeking to lov and trust Him more.