He Paid our Debt

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. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth. Isaiah 53:6–7

Unfortunately, none of us are truly innocent. We have all sinned against others, and more importantly, we have all sinned against God. This sin requires a payment that we could never make on our own. Apart from Jesus, our relationship with God could never be restored. Thankfully, God sent His son, in the form of the baby Jesus to live a perfect life and to die on a cross in order to pay that sin debt on our behalf.

Here are two questions to reflect on and discuss as a family or on your own:

  1. How have you gone astray from God? Confess a specific time that you tried to go your own way. How does that make God feel?
  2. Why is Jesus's payment for our sins so important? What does the cross change for us?

Pray: “God, I don’t deserve Your love, but I’m so thankful that You love me anyway. Thank You for sending Your Son into this world to live and die in my place, so that I could have new life in You. Forgive me of the ways that I have tried to go my own way instead of following You. Help me to walk with You today.”

As a Family: Have your children draw or paint sheep that represent each member of your family. Then have them draw Jesus as a shepherd and talk about the ways that Jesus cares for us like sheep.