The Punishment that Brings Peace

Surely he took up our pain
    and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
    stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
    and by his wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 53:4,5)

In his wonderful little book The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom says, “Sacrifice is a part of life. It’s supposed to be. It’s not something to regret. It’s something to aspire to.”

Martin Luther King “The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ But…the good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?”

Here’s a passage from a recent novel of Veronica Roth: “She taught me all about real sacrifice. That it should be done from love… That it should be done from necessity, not without exhausting all other options. That it should be done for people who need your strength because they don’t have enough of their own.” Just today I read of a young teacher, hiding her small children in the schoolroom cabinets and cupboards and calmly turning to face the gunman who then shot her dead. Peace on the children. Punishment on that brave woman. In the face of evil.

Lord God, I aspire to the love that gives, and bears and protects. Today, let me live and love like Jesus did.

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