But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.
Pierced by nails driven into his body, his body bleeding out and no one would tend to his wounds. He was crushed by the weight of the sins of every human being who even lived (or ever will live). These he willingly took upon his own sinless body. He was wounded by being whipped and beaten by the soldiers, who then pressed a crown of thorns on his head.
… if that wasn’t enough,
He was then forced to carry part of the cross that he would be crucified on, its weight pressing down upon his already exhausted body, to the place where he would be crucified. Jesus was mocked not only by verbal abuse, they also stripped him of his clothes and then gambled for them while he was hung up on a cross to slowly die of asphyxiation and exhaustion (each breathe a little more difficult than the last one). The pain would be overwhelming. The excruciating effects of this causing massive damage to the body, the mind racked with torment and exhaustion. The word excruciating comes from the Latin, excruciatus, which means “out of the cross”.
Yet, Jesus endured all of this for you and me. His purpose for being born on that Christmas morn as God in the fleesh was go to the cross, to die in our place, so that our sins would be forgiven. He loved us more than anything else in his creation. Even when we didn’t think we needed him, he came and did this for us, so that we could be have forgiveness of our sins and have life eternal with Him. He was the only one who could do this and he did it freely for us all.
“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13)
Our Lord Jesus died because the wages of sin is death. He took our sins upon himself. He as then laid in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea. Not even death could hold the author of life. Easter would come, and with it, sin and death would no longer be able to hold claim over us for all time. We who believe and are baptized will be saved. Amen.
Living in the hope of the resurrection,
* Pastor Bill