JESUS AS THE SUBSTITUTE FOR SINNERS.
When our Lord Jesus Christ suffered it was for us sinners.
The Bible says, “He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5).
By Christ’s bruising and His stripes, as well as His death, we are healed from the sickness of sin.
Jesus took upon Himself our sin. To bear our sin He had to be treated as sin would be treated. Sin deserves to be scourged. It deserves to be spit upon. It deserves to be crucified. And because Jesus had taken upon Himself our sin, He had to be put to shame. He had to be scourged. If you want to see what God thinks about sin, look at Christ, spit upon by the soldiers, His back flogged to shreds, and His beard pulled out by the roots. If you and I, being sinners, were scourged, and beaten, and despised, we would not be too surprised. But He who took our sins into His own body was God. Since Jesus was put in our place, as our substitute, it is written of God the Father, “He that spared not his own Son” (Romans 8:32). “It pleased the [Father] to bruise him; he hath put him to grief” He made Jesus’ soul an offering for sin (Isaiah 53:10). When our sin was imputed to Jesus it threw Him into the greatest shame and suffering before it could be removed.
Remember also that Jesus freely volunteered to take your place. He willingly did it. The text says, He gave His back to the smiters. He gave His cheeks to those who plucked off the hair. He did not hide His face from shame and spitting. He did not try to escape from the insults and the shame. He freely volunteered to stand in your place and be punished for your sins. The Son of God was willingly made a curse for you.
He who covered the heavens with blackness, did not cover His own face. He who binds up the universe with a girdle was bound and blindfolded by men He had created. He whose face shines like the sun was spit upon. Why not spit on angels? Was there no place to spit but in the Savior’s face?
Since He went through this to save you, will you trust Him as your substitute? If you do, your punishment will be removed in an instant, cleansed by His all-redeeming Blood!
A piece from Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr sermon on the 6th of April, 2014
Happy EASTER my dear friend, enjoy the season