At least 650 years before Christ was born, Isaiah the prophet wrote a detailed account of Jesus’ time on earth:
He is despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
Isaiah 53:3-6 (NKJV)
If any of you have watched the movie “Passion of the Christ”, you know the heart rending agony Christ went through while He was on earth. Fully Man, He was subjected to despicable acts of shame, rejection, and torture.
Some people wonder why the Son of God had to go through the crucifixion in the first place. Up until Christ came to earth, mankind was lost in sin. They had turned their backs on God and did whatever they wanted to: for example – sexual exploits such as adultery, prostitution, and man laying with man. Basically, they had no moral values to guide them back to God.
Because mankind was so completely engaged in sin that the Father could not watch, we faced total annihilation. But He loved us so much that He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus, to live on earth to go through life, committing NO SIN.
He went through all the tortuous beatings and the screaming rejection of the very people who had loved Him once before. The same people to whom He taught the truths of Heaven, and how they could ensure eternal life there with God. A life more incredible than we can possibly encompass with our finite minds.
Anyway, while Jesus was on the Cross, He took on Himself all our sins, illnesses, wounds and so much more. Offering Himself as a complete sacrifice to His Father, on our behalf, our sins paid in full in God’s sight.
What ultimately happened was that the possibility of an eternal, amazing life with God in Heaven, was opened up to EVERYONE! The only thing we have the joy of doing, is opening our hearts to Jesus and inviting Him into our lives!
I have no idea why so many people reject this joy that is within our reach. I’ll probably never understand it, but one of my jobs now is to spread the Word, and that’s what I’m doing.