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Salvation is personal with God

Jesus lived his life in obedience to the Father, knowing that his purpose was to redeem us. And to do that he had to suffer and die. His blood has atoned for our sins. Isaiah 53 talks about the sacrifice Jesus had to make.

Isaiah 53

 1 Who has believed our message
       and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?

 2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
       and like a root out of dry ground.
       He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
       nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.

 3 He was despised and rejected by men,
       a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.
       Like one from whom men hide their faces
       he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

 4 Surely he took up our infirmities
       and carried our sorrows,
       yet we considered him stricken by God,
       smitten by him, and afflicted.

 5 But 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.

 6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
       each of us has turned to his own way;
       and the LORD has laid on him
       the iniquity of us all.

 7 He was oppressed and afflicted,
       yet he did not open his mouth;
       he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
       and as a sheep before her shearers is silent,
       so he did not open his mouth.

 8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away.
       And who can speak of his descendants?
       For he was cut off from the land of the living;
       for the transgression of my people he was stricken. 

 9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
       and with the rich in his death,
       though he had done no violence,
       nor was any deceit in his mouth.

 10 Yet it was the LORD's will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
       and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering,
       he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
       and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand.

 11 After the suffering of his soul,
       he will see the light of life and be satisfied;
       by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many,
       and he will bear their iniquities.

 12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,
       and he will divide the spoils with the strong,
       because he poured out his life unto death,
       and was numbered with the transgressors.
       For he bore the sin of many,
       and made intercession for the transgressors.

Verse 11 can also be translated " 11 He will see the result of the suffering of his soul / and be satisfied"

My point here is that this sacrifice for our sins has nothing to do with any laws. Satan had no demand or hold on us that was paid off with Jesus' blood. It is against God, the LORD, that we have sinned. He alone determined what would cover our sins. He alone determined what amount of suffering would be required and He placed that burden on Jesus. And Jesus suffered until God looked at him and was satisfied, personally satisfied, that everything was paid for. Every transgression, every sin, everything. And God is still personally satisfied that everything was paid for.

Isaiah 1:18 says:  18 "Come now, let us reason together,"
       says the LORD.
       "Though your sins are like scarlet,
       they shall be as white as snow;
       though they are red as crimson,
       they shall be like wool.

Whatever your sins are, Jesus has paid the price and God is personally satisfied that your sins are covered. He is calling you to come to him. Personally calling you.

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