Christians all over the world remember the crucifixion of our Lord
today. In the Eastern countries they will they celebrate Easter next weekend.
Jesus was bruised, crushed and stricken for our transgressions.
A blind man once came to the mission and I asked him what his
problem was. He replied that he was blind and asked if I could pray for him. I said to him
that before I can pray for his physical eyes to be opened, he first needs to be prayed for
his spiritual eyes to be opened, that he can see Jesus who died for him. He replied that
he wasnt guilty of Jesus death. It was the Romans and Jews who did that. I
said to him that although that was true, yet Jesus was bruised and crucified for his sin.
I took him to my office and I mentioned different sins to him and asked him if he was
guilty of any, drunkenness, immorality, anger, hatred etc. Those were the thorns that
pierced His brow. Those were the nails that hung Him upon the cross. He had the power to
come down from the cross. It wasnt the nails that held him to the cross, but your
sins, even those you call small and insignificant, like idle talk, gossip etc. God said
that the soul that sins must die (Ezek 18:20). God is not like man who says something and
doesnt keep it, but every word He has spoken will happen. But Jesus said to His
Father that He will come and take our sin upon Himself so that we might live. He died in
our stead that we might live. Before the foundation of this world They agreed and ordained
it all. As I was speaking to him he suddenly exclaimed that he understood and he started
to confess his sin. As he was confessing his sin, he suddenly jumped up and said, "I
can see, I can see"; God had opened his eyes.
As Jesus came walking along and John the Baptist saw Him in the
distance, he said, "Behold the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world".
We also read that "it was the Lords pleasure to bruise
Him". How is that possible? He not only forsook His Son but also beat and bruised
Him? Why? We find the answer right here. He will see His offspring and prolong His days
(Is 53:10). God crushed Jesus for you and me. He saw how we would be Redeemed by His
suffering and death and it pleased God. Just see the love of God the Father!
Women know the pain and difficulty of childbirth. While they are
in the birth pangs they dont want another child, but once the child is born and is
on her breast, she forgets her sorrow and rejoices for the child that was born (John
16:21). Its the same with Jesus that He will see the result of His sorrow in you and
me and will feel satisfied (Is 53:11).