"But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him and by His stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5).

 The big grace which God has given to the religion of Christianity is forgiveness. You should not value this forgiveness cheaply. You should never be presumptuous with the wrong interpretation that when God is there to forgive, one can commit sins any number of times.  

There was a youth for whom falling in sins and rising from it were routine things of his life. One day when he was walking alone in a street he saw a bull moving along slowly. On its back there was a bleeding wound. One crow flew and sat on the back of the bull near the wound. The crow began to prick the wound and eat the flesh. The bull experienced unbearable pain and began to run fast with shouts of pain.

A thing which was pleasant to the crow was painful to the bull. The crow flew for some time and again descended on the bull to continue to torment it. This continued to happen and the pain of the bull rose to the extreme. The young man was unable to remain a silent spectator and so he just chased out the crow.

On reaching home, the scene of crow tormenting the bull ran again and again on the imaginary screen before him. In a few minutes, the scene changed and the bull had been replaced by God in the scene and He was suffering there just as the bull had been. The imaginary scene before the man depicted this young man tormenting God just as the crow had been doing to the bull. He had been piercing nails on the wounds of Christ and making Him suffer more. The young man saw this imaginary scene.

He was greatly shocked and opened his eyes and took the Bible in his hands and opened the same. The first verse on which his eyes fell was, “Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?” (Hebrews 10:29). On reading this verse his heart was broken.

He cried and lamented, "Alas, I failed to realise the real value of forgiveness. Already He had been injured and I pierced Him more with my sins and further injured Him.” From that day onwards, sins started pricking his conscience and he was unable to commit sins thereafter.

Dear children of God, go through the 56th chapter in the book of Isaiah again and again. Do not commit sins again and again and make God suffer further but submit yourself to lead a sinless holy life.

To meditate: “If they fall away, (it is impossible) to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God and put Him to an open shame” (Hebrews 6:6).

Daily BreadJoshua Jebadurai