04/14 Isaiah 53:3-5
3 He was despised and rejected— a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care. 4 Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! 5 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.
He took my place. He took your place. While we were dead in our sins Christ died for us, once for all, the perfect for the imperfect, paying a price we could not pay, to give us a relationship we could not earn. Jesus is Lord and yet He willingly died for you and me. He took our place.