His suffering, my peace
He suffered. Our Lord Jesus suffered. Even before the scourging and crucifixion, the immense stress of that dark hour was evident in His sweating drops of blood as He prayed in the garden. The blood flow, that would run its full course and cover the sins of all mankind and for all time, began as a trickle while our Lord was on His knees.
Isaiah 52: 14-15 explains the condition of Jesus’ appearance at the time of the crucifixion:
Just as there were many who were appalled at Him- His appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man and His form marred beyond human likeness- so will He sprinkle many nations, and kings will shut their mouths because of Him.
I’ve often wondered, “How one could be so mangled in the flesh and beyond recognition as a human? Definitely, the cruelty of the flogging Jesus endured changed His appearance. But another cause of disfigurement to consider is the immense stress of carrying sin. Jesus, although He was without sin, suffered the fullness of the wrath of God because He carried the fullness of the sin of man.
I can’t imagine the stress of all sin for all time being carried by one person. I have carried my own unconfessed sin in the past, and it is unbearable. But Jesus? He took upon Himself all my sins and those of every human. He knows the stress of sin. He carried it. His body wore it, and it changed His appearance.
Have you ever looked upon someone who is under extreme stress? In the days surrounding my mother’s passing, my father was almost unrecognizable to me, and I found myself looking hard at his face to find him.
The pain, suffering and death of our Lord Jesus Christ completed its purpose. Yes, there was purpose in the pain, purpose in the suffering, and purpose in His death.
He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed (Isaiah 53:5).
What was the purpose? Jesus died “… for our transgressions, …. for our iniquities.” He rose again, and now we live forevermore with peace and healing when we put our trust in Him.
Do you need peace today? Do you need healing in your mind, body or soul? Know Jesus. Know His completed work, and receive the fullness of His grace.