Jesus Is Punished For Our Good

Isaiah 53:2-5 There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him. He was despised and rejected, a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care.

Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.

Good Friday, what a name for the day that Jesus was crucified for our sins, it seems like the opposite of good is what we should be thinking about when you say that Jesus has been executed.

Good Friday seems bad but if you know much about Jesus then you know that he is all about opposites. The first shall be last, the greatest will be the least, the rich will be poor and now the ultimate opposite: the innocent get punished for the guilty.

Man of Sorrows! what a name
For the Son of God, who came
Ruined sinners to reclaim.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
In my place condemned He stood;
Sealed my pardon with His blood.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Hymn by Philip P. Bliss (1838-1876)

The most innocent (perfect) man that every lived became the most guilty, he took the sins for everyone upon himself, he took the bondage of death so that we can be free, he took dirty rags and made them white as snow.

Thank you Lord for taking the punishment that I deserved.