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The Gospel from Isaiah“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18)
James was accustomed to ‘bad language’; he used it, so did his friends and his parents. But one day, in idle curiosity, he wandered into a gospel preaching. The preacher was reading from Isaiah, and the first words James heard as he came in were, “Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips” (Isaiah 6:5).
In that moment, it struck James how like Isaiah he was. “I’ve got unclean lips,” he thought, “and so have my friends.” Perhaps you think this does not apply to you, but have you never told a lie, have you never used your lips to sin?
James sat down, and the preacher went on to show how we may be cleansed from our sins by trusting in the Lord Jesus, who offered Himself to God as the perfect sacrifice for sin. On the cross, He bore all God’s holy wrath against sin, suffering - the Just for the unjust. As he listened, James realised that there was a Saviour for him in the Lord Jesus Christ.
However unclean and unfitted for God’s presence we may feel, God offers us forgiveness through faith in Jesus. The sins of the past cannot be overlooked but they can be righteously forgiven. Consciences are burdened but, blessed be God, He has provided a way whereby we can not only be forgiven, but made as clear of sin as Jesus is.
James found it to be so that night. Have you?“Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
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.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Isaiah 53:4-6
extracted from the Sep 2019 issue of Youthful