by Robert Brock

The Suffering of the Messiah

Isaiah 53:3-7

“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he 
was bruised for our iniquities:…and with his stripes we are healed….the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all,” Isaiah 53:5, 6.

One wonders how God could be satisfied punishing His own innocent Son to pay for the sins of the guilty. That is only part of the story. God planned to resurrect His Son to be the Mediator for believers and keep them saved.

“For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul” (Leviticus 17:11). When the priest prepared an innocent animal to be sacrificed, the father of that family laid his hands on the head of the animal and proclaimed he was placing the sins of his family on the head of the innocent creature. This ritual was continued for about a thousand years. Then, Jesus appeared on the scene, and John the Baptist introduced Him as God’s Lamb to take away the sins of His people and the world. When the time arrived for Him to be sacrificed for us, God allowed Herod’s soldiers to push down a crown of thorns upon His head. Since thorns symbolized man’s sin curse (Genesis 3:17-19), God literally placed our sins on the head of His Lamb and let Him pay for our sin debt.

THOUGHT: “He shall see of the travail of his soul, and 
shall be satisfied” (Isaiah 53:11). This is the rest of the Christmas story. Read Luke 2:1-20 to your loved ones on Christmas morning before they open their presents.

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