“On His Shoulders, Our Guilt” ( Isaias 53:5-6, KNOX ) by Carley Evans

Who does this to Jesus? Is it the Romans? Is it Herod? Is it Pilate? Is it the Jews? (we hear this one, don’t we?) Is it me? Or you? Is it Satan? Is it God the Father?

“and all the while it was for our sins he was wounded, it was guilt of ours crushed him down; on him the punishment fell that brought us peace, by his bruises we were healed. Strayed sheep all of us, each following his own path; and God laid on his shoulders our guilt, the guilt of us all.”

Our sins put Jesus on the cross; that’s certain. But God the Father puts the guilt of our sins on His Son. Otherwise, we carry our guilt to the grave and beyond. Jesus’ bruises – the punishment He bears – free us from the same. Rather than anxiety, we gain peace.

Who does this? God the Father.

Do you suppose the Great Physician then decides to let us fall back into guilt? Wallow around it in like pigs? Shame on us if we even attempt to return to our squalor. For we are washed in His Son’s very blood.

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6 thoughts on ““On His Shoulders, Our Guilt” ( Isaias 53:5-6, KNOX ) by Carley Evans

  1. I am not sure the blood of Jesus absolves me of all guilt automatically. I think I have a reciprocal duty; repentance, atonement and righteous and charitable living to complete the Covenant.

    1. Carl, this is an ongoing ‘debate’ ( if you will ) in Christendom. Is the work done on the cross by GOD HIMSELF enough? Or do we as HUMAN BEINGS need to add something to His work? I, for one, believe CHRIST’s blood is sufficient to wash all my guilt away. Happy Easter, brother.

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