Lesson for the Lord’s Day

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. Isaiah 53:5

After the First World War, the Allied powers determined that Germany was required to pay reparations of 6.6 billion pounds, or $33 billion US. Although the payments were interrupted during the Nazi regime of Hitler and during the period in which Germany was divided, payments resumed after reunification in 1990, and Germany is believed to have paid off the last of the debt in 2010, more than 90 years after the Treaty of Versailles established the amount. As the loser in that war, Germany has had to pay a very high price for the peace outlined in the peace treaty. But the 6.6 billion pounds set out in that treaty would never come close to paying for the peace between wicked sinners and a holy God. When we gather to review the death of the Lord Jesus at Golgotha, we can see – although never fully understand – the magnitude of the debt reparations that were required for peace with God.

Just as only one amount would satisfy the Treaty of Versailles, only one amount will satisfy God. The Israelites in Egypt heard that escape from the death angel was provided only by the applied blood of an innocent lamb. The ordinances of the tabernacle and temple were satisfied temporarily by similar blood. These offerings and this shedding of blood was repeated at regular and frequent intervals. But on the cross, precious blood from a holy Lamb was shed, blood that was of sufficient value to settle forever the righteous claims of God. And the payments did not need repeating or continuous installments, unlike Germany’s 90-plus years of payments for World War 1. Verse 11 of this same chapter tells us that God would see of the travail of Jesus’ soul and be satisfied. As proof, Jesus Christ rose from the dead in three days, placing God’s stamp of ‘Paid in full’ on Calvary’s work.

How wonderful to be able to preach the Gospel to sinners, telling them that God is satisfied with the price His son has made to give us peace! How wonderful, to for us to gather (Covid permitting) in that peace today, to rejoice in the completeness of the payment made for our sins! -Jim MacIntosh

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