Pierced Through (Isaiah 53/pt 3)

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1)       5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions,

2)        He was crushed for our iniquities;

3) The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him,

4)      and by His scourging we are healed.

All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him.

God revealed some things to me about the actual Precious Death of Jesus in Isaiah 53 that have been absolutely life-transforming.  There are four different kinds of wounding that Jesus suffered, they are numbered above.  Each one of these woundings had a purpose directly linked to a malady in the Fall of Mankind.  Each wound was suffered by Jesus in order to deal with a Specific Type of Spiritual downfall in the life of each person who comes to Christ as Savior and Lord.  I will deal with 1 a day over the next 4 days.  Today we will work with the following:

1)      But He was pierced through for our transgressions,

As I looked up the original Hebrew meanings of the key words in this phrase, I was startled at what it actually means.  Jesus Christ being pierced through actually means that He was profaned, defiled, desecrated, polluted.  He was made filthy, for us.  He was pierced through, both the word pierced and through are the same Hebrew word.  It is as if God is emphasizing the pain Jesus suffered by repeating the same word twice.  And What was He pierced through for?  Our Transgressions, He was defiled for our transgressions.  The Word transgression here means: Rebellion, revolt.  Jesus had all of our rebellion against God, and His Precious Right to Rule over His Creation, piled up on Him as He hung there on the cross.  He was profaned, which literally means, desecrated, treated with complete irreverence and disrespect, for us.  Let’s look at the point at which this “Piercing’ happened.

31 Then the Jews, because it was the day of preparation, so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. 32 So the soldiers came, and broke the legs of the first man and of the other who was crucified with Him; 33 but coming to Jesus, when they saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. 34 But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. 35 And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you also may believe. 36 For these things came to pass to fulfill the Scripture, “Not a bone of Him shall be broken.” 37 And again another Scripture says, “They shall look on Him whom they pierced.”   This was a custom of the Romans:

Breaking the legs of the Crucified criminal was an act of mercy for a quicker death. It was also a way for the guard to be able to end his shift and head for home. Guards were often required to stand and watch those crucified till they died to keep friends from rescuing them. (Answers.com)

It could take days for someone to die of crucifixion.  It was a slow and cruel death. But when they came to Jesus He was already dead.  They say that He was dead but they pierced his side anyway, one more humiliating wound.  The piercing happened in his side, which side we do not know.  Personally, I like to think it was near His heart, a symbolic reminder to us of just how painful it was for the Father to watch His Son suffer like this for all Mankind.  Those who come to Jesus as Savior delight the Father, because of what His Son endured for us.  Let us kneel at the foot of the cross and praise this Beautiful Savior of ours for being Pierced through for our Rebellion.  Thank you Jesus

About eloracseniah

May God's Truth prevail and Love triumph, where we have failed. Amen
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