7 He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. 8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away. Yet who of his generation protested? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was punished. 9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.
For these verses to really hit home you have to be cognizant that Jesus is the God/man. Jesus Christ the righteous and holy one was treated like a criminal. Jesus who had taught people how to love, heal, and to forgive is led like a lamb to be slaughtered. Jesus who could answer any question and teach any subject was silent in this moment of torture. An old hymn has a verse that recounts, “he could have called 10,000 angels.” Jesus had a direct line to the Father and chose not to use it.
The question needs to be asked, “Did mankind take Jesus Christ’s life?” The answer to that question is right in the Gospel of John 10 17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.” John 10:17–18.
Jesus Christ voluntarily laid down His life for us. No one pushed him into this great sacrifice. He agreed to come on His own free will to manifest the love of God for us. He of His own free will gave His life for the sins of the world. He who was righteous became unrighteous so we could be made into the righteousness of God. You may ask why did Jesus have to go to all of the trouble? The answer is that it is only Christ who could accomplish our justification.
Every year at passover the chief priest would offer up a lamb without blemish in the holy of holies in the temple. Every year the passover had to happen again and again. Jesus came to offer up himself as the perfect lamb of God to take away our sins. When Jesus died for our sins it was once and for all. When Jesus cried out, “It is finished.” he was declaring that the debt is paid in full. There was no other way for a payment to be made on our behalf and no animal could make that payment. Jesus can justify us, we cannot justify ourselves.
1. When have you witnessed someone who was innocent, willingly take the punishment?
2. When reading this account of Christ what do you think and feel about it?
3. Hopefully by now you have placed your faith in Jesus Christ. If not, then what better time than right now.
Here is a prayer that can facilitate a relationship with God the Father:
Dear God thank you for sending your Son to this earth for me to be set free. With what faith I have, I now confess that Jesus died on the cross for my sins, was buried, and rose again on the third day. Please forgive me of my sins and thank you for your forgiveness. Help me follow you all the days of my life. Amen.
If you prayed this prayer please read the gospel of John chapter 3, three times before you go to bed tonight. Tomorrow read the first 8 verses of John chapter 1 at least 3 times and read slowly. Ask God for His guidance and tell a fellow believer of your decision.
Family discussion questions:
1. When has there been a time when you were accused of something and you were totally innocent?
2. How did you react to this accusation?
3. How does the example of Jesus Christ being silent when innocent speak to you?
Thursday, April 9th
Isaiah 53:6 (NIV)
“We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”
Discuss the Following Questions: What are some facts that you know about sheep? Here are some for you: Baby sheep are called lambs. A female sheep is a ewe and a male is a ram. Every sheep looks different and even though we can’t tell them apart, sheep can.
Why are we called sheep in the bible? Raising sheep was a way of life back then and people knew a lot about sheep. But sheep are not considered very smart animals; they keep doing a lot of things even when the results are the same. We, as humans and followers of God, do the same thing…we will continue to do something the same way and expect a different result.
Did you know that sheep are also followers? They follow their shepherd. Who do we follow as our Shepherd?
We do wrong things and sin; sometimes over and over again, but the second half of the verse tells us something about that. What is iniquity? SIN Who did God send to take away all of our sins? In this passage in Isaiah, Isaiah is prophesying the Easter story…Jesus is coming to take away our sins.
Take some time to pray as a family and thank God for being our shepherd, for forgiving our sins even when we do the same thing over and over again and for ultimately sending his Son to die on the cross for us.
I’ve attached a sheep head and legs template; have your children cut those out and then attach them to a paper plate or a white piece of paper to make their own sheep. You can even glue on some cotton balls. Also, attached is another coloring sheet.