MARCH 30, 2018
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.
Read Isaiah 53
This sinless servant prophecy who by his voluntary suffering atones for the sins of the world and saves them from the just punishment at the hands of God. Only in Jesus Christ is this prophecy fulfilled. Although he did not die for his own sins, but for those of mankind, he was willing to die as a sinner. In the book The Cross of Christ, the author John Stott perfectly explained and defended the Gospel,
For in order to save us in such a way as to satisfy himself, God through Christ substituted himself for us. Divine love triumphed over divine wrath by divine self-sacrifice. The cross was an act simultaneously of punishment and amnesty, severity and grace, justice and mercy (158–159).
What happened on the Calvary was the greatest victory that happened in the history. Jesus was not the only one who won the victory; by faith in the good news of the Gospel, we also won with Him.
Through obedience to the Father, Jesus Christ’s death glorifies his love for the Father and mankind. It also demonstrated God's unfathomable love and perfect justice for us who are broken, hopeless, and imperfect. Before the world began, God already conceived the cross (Revelation 13:8). Our Father repeatedly gave an assurance through the entire Old Testament that we are His people and we will experience eternity with Him.
- Dr. George J. Ceremuga