Isaiah 53:5-11 “But He was pierced because of our transgressions, crushed because of our iniquities;
punishment for our peace was on Him, and we are healed by His wounds.
We all went astray like sheep; we all have turned to our own way; and the Lord has punished Him for the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth.
Like a lamb led to the slaughter and like a sheep silent before her shearers, He did not open His mouth. He was taken away because of oppression and judgment; and who considered His fate?
For He was cut off from the land of the living; He was struck because of my people’s rebellion.
They made His grave with the wicked and with a rich man at His death, although He had done no violence and had not spoken deceitfully.Yet the Lord was pleased to crush Him severely.When You make Him a restitution offering,
He will see His seed, He will prolong His days, and by His hand, the Lord’s pleasure will be accomplished. He will see it out of His anguish, and He will be satisfied with His knowledge.
My righteous Servant will justify many, and He will carry their iniquities.”
Most people will describe themselves as good people and some may even describe themselves as righteous. If you ask them if they deserve to go to heaven based on their goodness, they would usually reply with a yes. What most people mean when they describe themselves as ‘good’ is that they do things that are not so bad in the eyes of society and they are law abiding citizens.
There is nothing wrong with being a law abiding citizen and being a person who believes in having high moral standard but it is wrong to think that such ‘goodness’ or high sense of morals makes us deserving of heaven.
The bible says that all have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God, It also describes us as sheep that have gone astray and turned to its own way. So in our eyes we may be good and even righteous but in God’s eyes there is no one who is righteous by how good they think they are.
Sin entered into the world and into man through the disobedience of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. Since then, anyone that has been born has been born with a sin nature inside of them. It is this nature that kept all human falling short of the kind of glory that God intended for all His creation. Sin is an abomination to God and anyone who has sin in them is an abomination before God.
God in His mercy chose a group of people, the children of Israel and decided to help them achieve His standard of righteousness and to attain the kind of Glory that is pleasing to Him. He gave them commandments and Laws to obey and live by including instructions on giving blood offerings to cleanse their sins regularly. If they observed these commandment and Law they would be righteous before God and reach the standard that God intended for all His creation. Unfortunately, instead of these people to get better they grew worse. In fact the Law made things worse for them because when they were ignorant of God’s standard at least they were not affected but once they got to know God’s standards for righteousness they not only realized that they were impossible to keep, they also realized how utterly sinful, sin really is. In fact sin had an master/slave hold on them.
Man continued in this dejected state until God decided to have mercy again and this time He decided to offer freedom from sin by Grace. So instead of having to keep the laws and commandments in their own strength, He would offer them a helper and He would write the laws and commandments on their hearts. Not only that but instead of having to continually sacrifice animals to cleanse them of their sins, He gave His Son Jesus as a once for all sacrifice or a guilt offering for the remission of the sins of anyone who wants to accept this offer. He then made this offer of Grace available to everyone and not just a group of people like He did with the children of Israel.
With this offer He gave these conditions; that you must first confess that Jesus is Lord over your life. This signifies that you are renouncing sin as Lord and accepting Jesus as your new Lord. So instead of sin to rule over you, Jesus now rules over you and you obey Him instead of sin. You must also believe that God raised Jesus from the dead. This signifies that as long as Jesus remains a living sacrifice then you are righteous before God and can now attain the type of Glory God intended for His creations from the beginning.
This is in a nutshell what is called salvation. It is extended to everyone and it is a matter of urgency to accept it.
Romans 6:14 “For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.”
Romans 7: 5-12 “For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter. What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet. But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead. For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me. Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.”
Romans 10:8-10 “But what does it say? “THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART “– that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation”
Temitope Talabi is a founding member of The Trent Voices currently reside in Austin, TX. She graduated with a PharmD from Texas Southern University in Houston, TX. She works as a community pharmacist and spends her spare time writing to build and encourage others through the word of God. Temitope is also currently working on a series of self-help books created to empower people to take charge of their health and wellness, the first of which is scheduled to be released early next year.
The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.