Posts Tagged ‘stripes’

The second image for the stripes challenge may be slightly less predictable. Challenge: Stripes Part 2 Challenge: Stripes Part 2

Isaiah 53:5 says: “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.”

Those stripes were wounds driven deep into the flesh of the Savior by a lead tipped Roman whip. The intense punishment that began what we now call Good Friday. You see before they would place a convicted person on a cross the Romans would beat him nearly to death. Such was the beginning of the price Jesus paid for up. It’s a conundrum. How could a day of such torture be called Good Friday? Surely not because it was a good thing to happen to Jesus. I’m sure the disciples saw that day as anything but good. No the goodness was on the cross. It was Jesus doing the greatest act of good a person can do. He laid down His life for you and me. See, those stripes, they were yours and mine, but he took them.

The word at the bottom of the illustration is Tetellestai. It’s the last recorded word Jesus spoke before dying on the cross. Your English Bible records the word as the phrase “it is finished.” Jesus finished the work of Salvation when he hung on the cross, but that word Tetellestai has another meaning as well. In the market place, in that day, when a purchase was complete the merchant would sometimes shout out Tetellestai and in this context the meaning of the word was another phrase, “PAID IN FULL.” That’s what Jesus did. He took the penalty for everything wrong that you, me and everyone else has done and will ever do and took it on Himself. If you place your trust in Him as your Lord and Savior, your sins are forgiven and your debt is paid in full.

Jesus paid it all.

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This note is extra meaningful to me today, two days ago my friend Curt left this world. He was a guy who had a lot of struggles in this life but in spite of it all, he came to know and love Jesus. Jesus paid Curt’s price and today as I miss my friend, I know his struggles are over and he’s just beginning to enjoy the very best God has to offer.

Praise God for the stripes that heal.

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Some things are just too predictable…

I’d be willing to bet (well I don’t really bet but work with me) that when I say stripes most people will either think of a zebra or perhaps a tiger. Well I did too. Nothing amazingly creative in that, but consider the zebra (and I believe this also to be true of tigers). I’m told their stripes are like a finger print, that is there are no two alike. So, in fact, while most may think of them when the word stripe is heard, the stripes not a symbol of conformity but rather individuality. They are yet another remarkably creative evidence of an amazing Creator.

And while you may not have physical stripes, you are not just another face in the crowd, you are unique, a masterpiece of an awesome creator. What are your “stripes?” What good things set you apart from everyone around you? Embrace them and be what God created you to be.
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