This week as we move towards Easter, our hearts and minds become reflective of the ultimate sacrifice Jesus made to cover our sins.
Resurrection Sunday is a day of celebration. Our Savior is risen! He is alive!
But the only reason we can celebrate the resurrection of Jesus is because three days before was the death of Jesus. The truth that Jesus was fully dead, makes the truth that He was fully alive so much more spectacular.The truth that Jesus was fully dead, makes the truth that He was fully alive so much more spectacular. Click To Tweet
Read carefully what Isaiah prophesied about the death of our Savior.
“Surely our griefs He Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried;
Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God and afflicted.
But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities;
The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed.”
Jesus was scourged. He was beaten.
It was through the scourging that you and I find healing.
In Jesus’ day, the worst criminals were whipped 39 times. The tips of the whip were woven with shards of glass and rock. It was a gruesome, bloody, and deathly experience.
Who came up with such an idea?
It was actually established by God.
When God established for Israel laws to live by, one of those laws was for criminals to be whipped no more than 40 times (Deuteronomy 25:1-3).
And to think…when God established these laws He knew full well that one day His own Son, Jesus Christ, would have to endure this horrific punishment.
That’s the weight of sin.
That’s the weight of love.
Sin demands a punishment. Jesus took upon Himself the weight of our sin. He was beaten and crucified to satisfy the penalty for your sin and my sin.
Gazing upon the torn, beaten, lifeless body of Jesus we find the ultimate act of Love. Sacrificial Love. Unconditional Love.
At the cross we find healing. Our sins forgiven and salvation purchased.
At the cross we find life. Not just any ordinary, get you through the day kind of life.
Abundant life. Overflowing life. Everlasting life.