Isaiah 53 (pt 4)
But He was pierced through for our transgressions,
He was crushed for our iniquities
The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him
And by His scourging we are healed.
Jesus carried the weight of our sin upon His Body on the Cross. He was crushed by the unbearable burden of it all. As we continue to look at Isaiah 53 we see the phrase ‘He was crushed for our iniquities.’ The word crushed here means to ‘break in pieces, to beat to pieces, to oppress, smite, humble.’ I can think of few things more humiliating than a beating.
Jesus Is Mocked
27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole Roman cohort around Him. 28 They stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him. 29 And after twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand; and they knelt down before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 30 They spat on Him, and took the reed and began to beat Him on the head. 31 After they had mocked Him, they took the scarlet robe off Him and put His own garments back on Him, and led Him away to crucify Him. (Matthew 27)
Mocked, spat upon, with thorns piercing deeply into His head as each blow hammers down upon Him. I find it very telling, that the Beating He received was on the Head, for all sin begins with a thought. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. 14 But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. 15 Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death.
This is the Anatomy of Sin, it begins in the mind. Jesus had thorns piercing His Precious Head because of our sinful thoughts. He was crushed by the weight of all the sinful things we devise with our minds. Like I have said before, there is absolutely nothing random about the Crucifixion of Christ. Every wound has a Spiritual Purpose. These Head wounds, the beating, was for our iniquities. Iniquity means Depravity, Perversity, A depraved action. Jesus received these beatings about the Head for our iniquities, our depraved actions and thoughts. Sin is always rebellion, whether in thought or deed, and all rebellion leads to spiritual death. Let’s look at Romans 1:
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. 21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
For even though God has made Himself plain to each one of us, we still choose our own way. Rebellious thoughts then lead us to rebellious actions. We develop a depraved mindset as each sin piles upon the last. Jesus took this pile-up, so to speak, and was crushed for it. Let us ponder for a moment the weight He bore for us.
Jesus thank You for all You accomplished for us on the Cross. Thank You that, because of You, we can have our Minds and Hearts cleansed, our Souls refreshed, and our lives transformed. Please continue to teach us how to walk with You in a manner worthy of the calling You have on our lives. Amen