“He himself bore our sins” in His body on the cross,1 Peter 2:24
so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by His wounds you have been healed.”
Jon, a pastor friend in Kentucky, tells a story about when he was a kid and, with some buddies, accidentally burned down a neighbor’s shed with some fireworks. His dad informed him that Jon owed 40 dollars to help pay for the repairs of the shed. Jon knew he would have to mow a bunch of yards to make that money. Well soon after, for an entire week, at his father’s command, Jon’s dad went and mowed yard after yard himself, while Jon was to sit and watch. It was agonizing for Jon knowing his dad didn’t have to bear his mistake. And after each lawn he mowed, Jon’s dad actually gave Jon the money, until all 40 bucks were earned. After he gave Jon the money, Jon was overcome by what his dad had done for him and asked him why. His dad’s reply was that he wanted Jon to truly understand the Father’s grace. Its real, its pure, and its strong. Like Jon deserved to mow lawns, we deserve punishment for our sin. Instead, we see Jesus on a cross, and we are forgiven and healed by His wounds and sacrifice. Let’s never forget, and always remember to live in that promise of grace.