Isaiah 53:5 (NIV)
5 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.
When someone loves you, they do extraordinary things for you. What would you do for your family? What would you do for a stranger? How far would you go? We have heard stories of people who have donated kidneys to others or have taken a bullet for someone.
What kind of love makes someone go through crucifixion? The kind that wants to reconcile the whole world back to God. All of creation was separated from God by Eve’s sin. There was a lot to reconcile. Jesus came to make a way for us all to return to God. You see, since the time of Adam and Eve, we had committed a lot of sins. There was a lot to reconcile.
Isaiah lived 750 years before the birth of Christ. He prophesied the events that would free us from sin and death. Jesus was pierced in His side by the Centurion. He was beaten and tortured and then crucified. All so He could take upon Himself our transgressions. He became the Passover Sacrifice that averted the Angel of Death from us. By His wounds we are healed. Because of what Jesus did, we are redeemed. He did all that for you and for me! He died so we can live. Incredible! How will you live?
Lord, we thank You for what You have done for us. You bought us back at a terrible price. How can we understand how much we mean to You that You would submit Yourself to this brutal death. You have redeemed us from sin and death. We can barely comprehend what You have done nor why You did it but we gladly accept Your grace! Amen!