Devotionals by Ron Moore

July 29, 2017

By His Wounds We Are Healed

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.  Isaiah 53:5-6

Jesus was given no advantages. The Father sent Him to the back of the line and made Him experience all the pain of humanity. He was not strikingly handsome or a head taller than the rest of the crowd--he had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him. He was not a person readily accepted by virtue of personality--He was despised and rejected by mankind. Although fully God, He was not born with a silver spoon in His mouth--a man of suffering and familiar with pain.

Jesus came from heaven to earth ... and was sent to the back of the line--stricken by Him, and afflicted ... pierced for our transgressions ... crushed for our iniquities ... oppressed and afflicted ... He was led like a lamb to the slaughter ... cut off from the land of the living. The King of Kings lived life as the king of suffering. He was not a victim of circumstance. He was not in the wrong place at the wrong time. He was sent to the back of the line by the Father--it was the LORD's will to crush Him and cause Him to suffer.

Jesus was given no advantages in life and died a brutal death. That's what it took to pay the penalty of sin. Nothing less would do. Jesus left heaven and went to the back of the line for you and me. I was the one who went astray. I was the one who turned to my own way. God laid my sin on Jesus. There is only one way to respond to such love--fall down and worship Him! Every day! With your whole life!

Lord Jesus, thank You for willingly going to the back of the line for me. In Your precious name. Amen.

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Ron Moore serves as president and Bible teacher at Back to the Bible. For the past twenty-five years, Ron has served as Sr. Pastor of The Bible Chapel, a multi-site church with 4,000 people meeting throughout the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, area. Before joining Back to the Bible, Ron's teaching was heard each weekday on a national program called, The Journey. Ron earned a Master of Theology (Th.M.) and Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary where his doctoral work focused on Marriage Enrichment. He also holds a Master's degree in Education from Texas A&M at Commerce. Ron has written several books including: Journey through the Bible, Journey through the Psalms, Journey through the Gospels and Ignite. Ron and his wife Lori have four children and one grandchild.

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