Yet it was our weaknesses he carried
it was our sorrows that weighed him down.
And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God,
a punishment for his own sins!
But he was pierced for our rebellion,
crushed for our sins.
He was beaten so we could be whole.
He was whipped so we could be healed.
All of us, like sheep, have strayed away.
We have left God’s paths to follow our own.
Yet the Lord laid on him
the sins of us all.
Isaiah 53:4-6 (NLT)
This summer our family had the opportunity to go camping in Yellowstone. It was a great trip with lots to see and do. We enjoyed God’s majesty in experiencing what he made. One morning was particularly crisp as I exited our tent so I found a quiet spot to read just next to the campground laundry facility. It was interesting to observe the unique mix of people as they came in and out. Washing clothes is something everyone needs to do. A Laundromat is the ultimate level playing field. Everyone is an equal part of this community as they help each other out. I saw moms and dads, long term RV retirees. I really got a kick out of watching big tough bikers coming in dressed in leather looking with their small bundles of clothes. At the end of the day everyone needed the same thing. They all needed change for the machines, they wanted laundry soap, and everyone wanted to get their stuff clean.
In Christ we have the same level ground. We are all alike in our nature. Before Jesus we are a mess of weakness, rebellion and sin. Nothing we can do on our own will make us clean. But God sent Jesus to take it all upon himself. By his wounds we are made whole. Change in our lives can only come through the work of Jesus. As worship leaders and worshipers let’s continue to be humble in understanding the grace God has given us. Let’s continue to help our community of faith at Cornerstone Church to find cleansing and wholeness through Christ, and to worship him in awe for what He’s done.
Associate Pastor of Worship & Soul Care