2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.Heb 12:2
Can you imagine the joy that Jesus must feel when he see his children "get it". When we understand who we are in Him and who He is in and through us and what He accomplished for us on the cross. Think about it! Jesus endured the cross so that our salvation and healing would be
His joy and great reward. Every time one of His kids get what is available to them because of His suffering and spilt blood on Calvary, His pleasure must be immense.
So many struggle with low self esteem and somehow don't feel that salvation and healing is for them but only for others. We still feel that somehow we have to earn it, but scripture is quite clear....
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. Is 53:3-5
The original meaning of the word "griefs" in verse 4 means sickness and "sorrows" means physical and mental pain. He "hath borne our griefs", our sicknesses and "carried our sorrows", our physical and mental pain. Jesus certainly showed the Father's heart of compassion being moved to heal all who came to Him. It matters not what we think of ourselves, the reality is Christ paid an incredible and awesome price for our salvation and healing. Think of His precious blood that seeped when that whip crisscrossed His back for our healing. He who was so merciful was beaten merciless. Think of the blood that flowed from the jammed in thorns on His head for our mental stability and peace. Think of the blood running down from His wrists as He was nailed to the wooden beam so that we could lift up holy hands to our God and Father. Think of the blood that trickled from His feet that we could walk in the gospel of peace bringing the good news to others.
He was the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world (Rev 13:8) and because of what He accomplished for us offering Himself up as a sacrifice for our transgressions we are people set free and blessed.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ;
4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and without blemish before him in love;
5 having predestined us for adoption as children through Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his desire,
6 to the praise of the glory of his grace, by which he freely bestowed favour on us in the Beloved,
7 in whom we have our redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace... Eph 1:3-7
What wonderful and precious promises we have. What destiny in Him. What identity in Him. Did you get it, we are a blessed people, and blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. Not only are we blessed, we are chosen children, holy without blemish, favoured, redeemed and forgiven.
Scripture tells us that it was the Father's good pleasure to bruise his Son. How can we fathom such a price the Father and Son collectively paid just so their love and goodness could be evidenced in the life of countless millions as this scripture explains:-
Though the Lord desired to crush him and make him ill,
once restitution is made,
he will see descendants and enjoy long life,
and the Lord’s purpose will be accomplished through him.
Having suffered, he will reflect on his work,
he will be satisfied when he understands what he has done.
“My servant will acquit many,
for he carried their sins. (Is 53: 10-11)
What amazing, sacrificial love! All for mankind. Jesus accomplished a great work for us and now seated at the right hand of the Father he reflects on that work being satisfied with the fruit of His suffering. That fruit is you and me who have accepted His gift by faith.