Jesus Did It Himself

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The more we realize how much Jesus gave for us—and still gives us—the more we feel appalled that we cost Him so much.

“The Lord looked and was displeased that there was no justice. He saw that there was no one, he was appalled that there was no one to intervene; so his own arm achieved salvation for him, and his own righteousness sustained him.”  Isaiah 59:15–16 (niv)

If you want something done right, do it yourself. Never has that catch phrase been more profound and true than when Jesus achieved salvation for us.

Often when we utter those words, it’s with a sarcastic tone. We’re aggravated that no one can get it right and—let’s face it—probably a little cocky, thinking we’re more capable. However, when I read Isaiah 59:15–16, Jesus’ attitude shows compassion, not arrogance. The fact that “He was appalled that there was no one to intervene” on our behalf shows deep love for us; He simply could not bear to let us destroy ourselves and each other.

Actually, Jesus has every right to be arrogant and cocky; there’s no besting him. But given the opportunity, he humbled himself to ensure justice. (See Philippians 2:8.) And through His just actions, we thrive in His grace.

That’s worth more than a passing glance: Through His accomplishment of justice, we thrive in His grace.

We deserve His justice, but He offers His grace instead when we ac- knowledge our humble position and surrender to His loving ways on our behalf. Many people fight Him on that, but what we need to understand above all is how He fights for us.

The more we realize how much Jesus gave for us—and still gives us— the more we feel appalled that we cost Him so much. May that deepening understanding of His sacrifice ever increase our sense of awe at being loved so greatly.

FAITH STEP: Does anything shock you anymore? While we might witness and hear of shocking behavior in the news, ask Jesus to shock you more today with His abundant love for you.

Written by Erin Keeley Marshall

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