Will you shop for a Valentine’s Day card? Choose carefully, right? The words of affection and love printed inside are meaningful. You might agonize over those words if you want your valentine to know your love.
Would you want the card to include these words: despised, rejected, sorrows, suffering, punishment? They would probably be your last choice for a Valentine’s Day card!
The Bible surprises us with these words as an expression of God’s true love for people. He used them through the prophet Isaiah who wrote about Jesus. Isaiah talked about something very personal to every human being. Every human being is accountable for their actions. Actions of hatred, violence, ill-will, slander, insult, and everything else that demonstrate the opposite of love for others will be met with justice. Since every single person at one time or another has harbored these types of thoughts and carried out these types of actions we all are condemned. We all deserve punishment, but the judge is God and he had a different plan. He sent Jesus, his own Son, to be the world’s Savior – your Savior.
So Jesus was “despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. … He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities, the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:3, 5) It was the greatest act of love ever committed.
Jesus’ love for us is deep and long-lasting. It is not shallow. It is not here today and gone tomorrow. Jesus’ love is eternal. He promises that since he suffered and gave up his life for us, he will continue to love us each and every day.
Every time you open the Bible or listen to its words you read and hear God’s carefully chosen words of affection and love; words backed by the actions to match.