Seven hundred years before our Savior went to Calvary, God revealed what Jesus would endure and accomplish for us on the cross. He did this through the prophet Isaiah. Isaiah saw the substitutionary sacrifice of Christ, and he prophesied about it in amazing detail. In fact Isaiah chapter 53 has been referred to as the great redemptive chapter of the Old Testament.
There is so much in that one chapter about what The Lord suffered on our behalf, what He went through in our place – as our substitute. That I wanted to point out some things Jesus did for us at the cross.
The Crucifixion Of Jesus
Jesus’s crucifixion was the most horrifying, painful, and disgraceful form of capital punishment used in the ancient world. The method of his execution involved, Jesus underwent beatings, mocking, and flogging which is done with a whip with nine strips of leather that had stone, and bone that was sharpened. It is called a nine tail whip.When beaten with this it tore the flesh so deep that his skeleton and organs was showing. The soldiers whipped Jesus 39 times. this was after he was beaten with fists and mocked. The crown of thorns was not just sat on his head it was beat into his skull, until in punctured his skin. The Bible says Jesus was beaten so horribly that he was unrecognizable. And the people couldn’t even stand to look at him.
He was despised, and rejected by men; a man of suffering, and acquainted with disease. He was despised as one from who men hide their face; and we didn’t respect him. Surely he has borne our sickness, and carried our suffering, yet we consider him plagued, struck by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions. He was crushed for our iniquities. The punishment that brought our peace was on him/ and by him wounds we are healed.Isaiah 53: 3-5
Isaiah also said, That we all like sheep have gone astray; that everyone has turned to their own way; and the Lord has laid upon him the iniquity of us all.
He was taken away by oppression and judgement; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut out of the land of the living and stricken for the disobedience of his people.
All Jesus ever did was have patience, perseverance, and love. Yet his people because they were blinded by Satan with hate for a man that only loved, healed, and was patient with us. He died a horrible death.
Easter isn’t about bunnies, eggs, camping and drinking. It’s about the sacrifice Jesus made for all of us at the cross. But people forget about the sacrifice Jesus made for the selfish world we live in today.
He was our Passover Lamb