Pastor Tim Romero
2 minutes reading time (307 words)
Hosea 6:1–2 (ESV): "Come, let us return to the Lord; for he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and he will bind us up. 2 After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will raise us up, that we may live before him."
The Lord's intent for chastisement is humble repentance. He desires nothing more than for His people to return to Him and forsake the sins that defile them. His promise to such a one is complete redemption and eternal forgiveness.
After acknowledging the Lord's sovereign hand in the lives of the wayward Israelites, Hosea leads the people in a humble prayer of repentance. He acknowledges the pain and torment they were going to experience as the Lord getting their attention. Interestingly, he mentions the resurrection of Jesus in correlation with their response to chastisement. He was torn and struck so we could be healed and risen along with Him. This is the ultimate reality for all who believe.
Jesus took your place! You might not feel the weight of your sin because Jesus paid it all on the cross. God's chastisement was placed upon Him that might have peace. He was buried only to rise again on the third day making our salvation sure! Our response ought to be humble repentance. Turn away from your sin Christian and look to the crucified and risen Savior for hope, amen?
Father, thank You for sending Your Son to pay the price we could not pay. Thank You for putting repentance in our hearts that we could respond to the Gospel and be redeemed. Protect us from ever thinking we could face our sin alone. May we be dependent upon the One who paid it all we pray in Jesus name, amen.