Daily Reflections

The Substitute for Our Sin

March 28, 2024 Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth. Like a lamb led to the slaughter and like a sheep silent before her shearers, he did not open his mouth. —Isaiah 53:7

When Jesus was silent before His enemies during His trial, He fulfilled the Old Testament Messianic prophecy of Isaiah 53. He suffered vicariously in our place and willingly endured the punishment due us for our sins.

Silence is often seen as an admission of guilt. And in fact Jesus was silent because He took the place of the guilty one. Our sins were placed on Him. He took upon Himself before God every sin of which He was accused, the sins of which we were guilty, not He. The Lamb of God suffered silently, as our substitute, paying the debt for our sin.

He suffered as He did because He was experiencing the full ramifications of our sin. The blows He took were blows meant for us and deserved by us. In His silence, He fulfilled His role as our mediator, representative, and Savior.


The Incomparable Christ,” Revive Our Hearts series

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Make it Personal

Take time to give thanks that Jesus silently took the punishment that you deserved and bore your sin.