Bible Studies Devotional By Steven Lewis / last year Share Tweet Pin Share Isaiah 53: 3-7 3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. The will of God was all put on that flesh that hung on the cross. It was the liberty from sin that was put upon him but people have forgotten about one thing. When the music has faded, time is spent, and all the poems written about his sacrifice of glory has been pushed aside, the real story will then stand-out. The cross that JESUS was upon was a symbol of pain, it was the representation of what our sins did to the Son Of God and what the sin of mankind looks like. Remember the scriptures are clear that the Lord JESUS was completely beaten for the iniquity that we brought upon this world. People would say “We?” but honestly lets be real it definately is a “Yes…We” because we’re all of one bloodline and that is the bloodline of Adam. The cross as I said before is a symbol of pain it wasn’t some smooth boarded cross beam with absolutely perfect edging and craftmanship. If it was like that then it was no longer a symbol of pain but idolatry. A lot of people say idolatry is only a symbol of false god worship but that’s not true. Idolatry is defined as a worship of and image, most often other than God. It is the pain that the cross represents, its not the symbol as an uplifted image to be looked at as something to represent your belief because us as the real church belief is in the unseen God. Not an image of pain and God has been breaking that image of the cross all across the world as a dressed up golden beauty or diamond clustered work. He never meant for it to be used as a symbol to profess ones faith and belief. The faith and belief is to be upon God and God alone, the mighty God in Christ JESUS. The Lord has his eyes upon the people who know who he is and he ignores the cross as an uplifted image because there is no power in the cross itself, but there is power in the act upon the cross. Do not misunderstand me because the cross is most definately important as far as it goes literally nailing out sin to it. JESUS is the image we should be looking too because he’s the image of the invisible God (Col 1:15). In witnessing we need to present it to people as just what it is the pain that CHRIST suffered on and died on. He was put to shame, naked, beaten, and detested for all of our sins showing us what sin looks like in the sight of God. When we were in sin we were nothing but beaten and naked before him. I encourage each and everyone of us to take the initiative when you get the opportunity and relate to them the truth of the sacrifice and not the cross as a image of anything but the pain of CHRIST as everything. For with that pain he died and rose again and the cross is empty; as a matter of fact the cross is decayed and gone.