Isaiah 53:5-6—But He was wounded for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace, 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 has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
Jesus literally took Barabbas’s place on the cross. Let this explode in your life—you are Barabbas. He was the worst criminal ever seen, and Jesus took his place—and your place—on a criminal’s cross. Through this sacrifice, we are healed. This is the basis of our lives, and should be the motivation for everything we do.
Isaiah 2:3—Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, that He may teach us His ways and that we may walk in His paths.
The path to God may be uphill both ways. It’s a climb. But it’s a climb to a place of solitude. The climb, the struggle, and the solitude are all necessary to learn what He truly wishes to teach you. Come. Carry your cross, sacrifice all, and find peace and rest in the house of the God of Jacob. And the same God who formed the mountain is filling you with the strength to keep climbing. So come. Climb. Rest. Learn. And walk.
Mark 8:34—If anyone intends to come after Me, let him deny Himself [forget, ignore, disown, and lose sight of himself and his own interests] and take up his cross, and follow Me [continually, cleaving steadfastly to Me.]
I know it seems scary. All our lives we are told to figure out who we are—but He is asking you to forget that. Pray for the willingness to surrender all, to be left with nothing, so that you may be filled with His identity. Only then will the Light shine in the darkness, emanating from the beautiful new heart He has given you.