“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” — Isaiah 53:5 KJV
Wounded for me, wounded for me,
There on the cross He was wounded for me;
Gone my transgressions, and now I am free,
All because Jesus was wounded for me. —Ovens
What a concept – that one who is innocent would take the punishment for the one who is guilty! Unheard of, unless you are God – the Son of God – the Lamb of God.
If you have watched the Passion of the Christ you see that the Jewish leaders pushed for the death of the one who claimed to be “King of the Jews” because of their stubborn hearts that would not believe that He was the Messiah – the movie is powerful but leaves the audience feeling like – if it wasn’t for those Jewish leaders, Christ would have never had to go to the cross – that is not why Christ went to the cross.
It was God’s plan. It was foretold. It wasn’t a mistake. God gave His only Son: “God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” John 3:17
“Jesus was given to you, and with the help of lawless people, you put him to death by nailing him to a cross. But this was God’s plan which he had made long ago; he knew this would happen. God raised Jesus from the dead and set him free from the pain of death, because death could not hold him.” — Acts 2:23-24
“The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life – only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord.” — John 10:17, 18
The Lord Jesus Christ was innocent, spotless, had never sinned and because of His love for us, He suffered, shed His blood to cover our sins. He willing laid down His life for us, to save us from the penalty of our sins. He was innocent – we were the guilty ones.
“In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;” — Ephesians 1:7
Oswald Chambers – My Utmost For His Highest
“The death of Jesus Christ is the fulfillment in history of the very mind and intent of God. There is no place for seeing Jesus Christ as a martyr. His death was not something that happened to Him— something that might have been prevented. His death was the very reason He came. — the greatest note of triumph ever sounded in the ears of a startled universe was that sounded on the Cross of Christ— “It is finished!” (John 19:30). That is the final word in the redemption of humankind.
When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.
Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.
See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?
His dying crimson, like a robe,
Spreads o’er His body on the tree;
Then I am dead to all the globe,
And all the globe is dead to me.
Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
— Isaac Watts