Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds 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.
Isaiah 53:4-6 ESV
What an awe inspiring passage. Our heavenly Father planned to do this, chose to do this, so that we could be saved from our selfishness. Everytime I read this passage I am reminded of the price that was paid for my salvation. Jesus took on our grief and sorrows, he suffered so we could be set free. His punishment, and death bring us peace. Meditate on that for a moment.
The day Jesus was crucified, was the day that sin was atoned for once, and for all time. Everyone one of us knows the number of sins we have committed is beyond our own comprehension. The things we have said, and done, or not said and done when we knew the right thing to do is mind boggling. Now if we take our sins and those of all the people we know and heap them on Jesus it doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of the number of sins he bore on the cross that day. The shear weight of everyones guilt bearing down on him. The sins of every person that lived before, and every person that will ever live. The guilt and the shame of all that was on him that day.That is why he cried out; MY GOD, MY GOD WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?
For that moment in time Jesus had become sin. Imagine that, he wasn’t committing sin, He had become sin. The perfect Son of God was filthy, His heavenly Father could not look on him. Jesus experienced the price of our sins. He experienced what it was what like to be absolutely separated from his Father, to feel the despair that sin causes on a level that no one else could experience. He was completely cut off from God. Think about what it was like for the one that had always been by the Father’s side to now feel the Father’s rejection because of sin.
Jesus experienced all of that horror so we won’t have to. His wounds both physical, and spiritual they heal us. They bring peace between us and God.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.” John 3:16-18 ESV
It was love that drove him to the cross. It was love that held him on that cross. It was love that raised him from the dead. It was love that saved us.
It was love…
© 2015 Leo J. Woodman