You're chosen. Despite the thoughts that try to sway you from the truth. You are worthy. For the longest time so many people have been deceived about the cross of Christ that it is the revelation of our sin. This only locks my eye on sin, my eyes are to be locked on Jesus (Heb. 12:2). The cross is the revelation of our worth to God. Its him declaring, “You mean this much to me”. He sent his Son into the world to restore you back to your original creation, to become love, the image of God to make His glory known to the world.
We need to see that our life is worth the death of Jesus to God. You are the reason He came, died, and rose again. To bring YOU back to the Father. Do you see it? Do you see that you are his treasure? That you were the joy set before him and now his eyes never leave you?
You’re his son/daughter. You’re not striving to become a son or daughter. You already are. We have to start where Jesus life finished if we are to walk in the freedom His life paid for. We have to receive what he paid for us to walk in the blessings of his blood (Heb. 12:24). Get alone this morning with Father God this morning and read Isaiah 52 & 53 and see what Christ paid for. Everything He endured and labored in the flesh has a parallel for us (John 4:38). We live in His finished work (John 19:30)
Jesus was punished for my forgiveness. Jesus was wounded for my healing. Jesus made sin, my righteousness. Jesus died so that His life would be in me. Jesus was cursed so that I could be blessed. Jesus took on poverty for my abundance. He took on shame so I could share in his glory. Jesus’ rejection is my acceptance. Jesus was crucified, and now I’m a new creation.
You must not lay your own foundation, trying to gain by your own works what Christ has already paid for (1 Cor. 3:11). Lay down your weary soul and receive with meekness the truth and the foundation already laid by Jesus. There is only rest in Jesus (Matt. 11:28-30).
I want you to see this. Isaiah 52:14- “As many were astonished at you- his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of the children of mankind…”
Jesus was beaten so much that He lost the image of man. Why? At the fall in Genesis, sin came in, and destroyed our original image. Jesus took our image upon himself (Isaiah 1:5-6). We were once recognizable to God, but when sin came in, it destroyed our image in Him. Jesus took the image of rebellion upon himself, and God looked away for a moment for us, so that through Christ our image would be restored through the beating of his flesh and the shedding of his blood (Ephesians 2:13-16). We have been made new creations through his flesh and blood and then he rose again and breathed upon man the breath of life as in the beginning, restoring us to the image Christ paid for (John 20:21-22). You are restored to God, given the Holy Spirit. How beautiful of picture this is. This is who we are, we are no longer striving to become, but growing in the knowledge of who we have become through Jesus.