He Was Pierced for Our Transgressions
The Lord Jesus despite being the Son of God had leave his heavenly comfort and riches to do God’s will that salvation be obtained for all mankind. No one else was more worthy nor more holy than him to take away the sins of the world. Jesus in spite of being the Prince of all Creation and the heir to throne of all Israel humbled himself and became the humblest of all men. If it was possible to be more humble, Jesus Christ would do even that. He loved God and knew that his time had come to glorify God his father.
He was focused on being God’s servant who would bring salvation to those who believe that God sent him. Truly it’s written, “blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord”. Deep was his love for the Father that he took upon himself the sins of the world. Condemned to die on the cross by unrighteous men, he suffered from physical violence that his appearance became pitiful and bloodied. He was lifted up, even on the cross not for his sins but for ours for he was sinless and without guile. In his lowliness was he exalted as the Savior of the world. Blessed are those who believe that Christ was and is and shall always be the Son of God.
Let’s read the following verses that show God’s plan for Jesus who humbled himself as a servant despite being the Son of God:
Behold, my servant shall act wisely; he shall be high and lifted up, and shall be exalted. As many were astonished at you—his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of the children of mankind — so shall he sprinkle many nations; kings shall shut their mouths because of him; for that which has not been told them they see, and that which they have not heard they understand. (Isaiah 52:13-15)
The Lord Jesus Christ didn’t come here for a pleasant excursion but rather he came on a tough mission. He came to seek and save the lost and to destroy the works of the Enemy. What’s been the most wicked of all the work’s of the Evil One? It’s nothing less than causing mankind to reject God’s loving friendship and therefore being out of God’s living light to live eternity in despair and grief. Mankind accepted sin but rejected the Lord. People yearned for that peace with God but couldn’t get right with God as they were in the grasp of sin. And along with sin came death. Yet God had a plan for mankind. Jesus had to fulfill this plan both as the Son of Man and the Son of God. Therefore he is the one intermediary between man and God.
In his condemnation was to be our acceptance before God. In his death was our life before God. Knowing this, Jesus became the willing victim and bore the wrath for our sins. He was silent like a lamb before his oppressors. It was due to him that the veil between man and God couldn’t hold up any longer.
It was a great tragedy for the Prince of Creation to be killed by his own creation whom he loved to the very end of his life. Yet this was needed to atone for man so that everyone who believes gets saved from sin. There was no other option because when the Law was given to Israel they failed in following it. Only the Lord Jesus could just follow it fully but also impart his righteousness in God to those who believed him.
Christ dying forever might have been the worst tragedy for us all. This is where God gave hope in form of the promise that he will raise Jesus Christ on the third day. The power of the Evil one was defeated at the cross of Christ. Jesus was not be forever in the grave for God wouldn’t let his Holy One see corruption. He had to come to live again for us. His life went for God and it had to come back for God. It was ordained for Jesus to rejoice with those he gained and continues to gain back for the Lord God. Happy are those who can appreciate the goodness of God in his Son Jesus Christ.
Let’s read the following verses while we honor the Lord Jesus and his sacrifice for us:
Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
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.
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. By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people? And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.
Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt,he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors. (Isaiah 53:1-12)
Christ be with you!