READING Isaiah 53
It’s not natural to sacrifice your comfort, your ease, and your life for someone who despises you. Even so, that’s exactly what Jesus knew He was going to do. This prophecy, made many hundreds of years before Jesus’ birth, lets us know that Jesus knew the shame and pain He would have to bear on our behalf. Yet, elsewhere in Scripture, it tells us that “for the joy set before Him, He endured the cross, scorning its shame.” What was the joy set before Him? What would make it worthwhile to have to sit silently while wrongly accused – to submit His body to be bloodied and beaten, though He’d committed no wrong? Us. We were the joy set before Him – the fulfillment of God’s covenant with us and the restoration of perfect relationship between the Godhead and the image bearers of God. For the simple reason of His deep, unwavering love for us, Jesus gave Himself over to the most shameful, painful things a human can experience, and His experience of chaos began to restore our order.
But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.