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The Sufferings of the Messiah.

 

Isaiah 53:5 - “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”

The prophet Isaiah, more than 700 years before Christ, described the sufferings of the servant of the Lord in this verse, and for that matter the whole chapter 53 applies to the Messiah, not as a victorious and powerful warrior to liberate Israel from the Romans, but as the Lamb of God to give his life, in human flesh, for the sins of every human being in the world. More than one time, Jesus told his disciples what was going to happen to Him: “the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes; and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles: And they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him: and the third day he shall rise again.” Mark 10:33,34. Did it happen that way?

On Passover week, 31 AD, Jesus was arrested, taken to Annas, Caiaphas, Herodes, Pilate, the mob and the Roman soldiers to be crucified. In the process he was brutally scourged, buffeted and smitten until his body was covered with bloody bruises. Why? Why all that brutality? Can we find a reason within a long story? Can we express it here with a few words and a few verses? Let’s try it.

The Son and the Father took pleasure and delight in creating worlds and in creating living beings to whom they granted individuality and freedom within the bonds of mutual love and the divine law. There was a gifted angel, Lucifer, who looking more to his own beauty and wisdom became dissatisfied with God’s government of love and service. Selfishness and pride took possession of his character, and in time Lucifer began spreading his feelings among the angels, questioning the character of the Almighty, and the wisdom of God’s law. At last Lucifer broke completely the ties of love toward his Creator and proceeded to work in open rebellion. Isaiah 14:12-14; Eze. 28:12-19; Rev. 12:7-12.

Every effort was made to bring Lucifer’s mind within reason and to show him the consequences of breaking apart from the circle of love established by the Majesty of heaven. Lucifer was able to persuade one third of the angels to join him for a kingdom of greater freedom following his own principles. In defiant decision Lucifer crossed the point of no return, and Michael, another name for the Son of God, had no other choice but to expel him from the courts of heaven.

Four thousand years later, that Passover week they came face to face again, the Son of God to offer himself as the Lamb of God to rescue man and planet earth, and Satan in a ferocious attempt to break down the power of the Almighty right there and to retain dominion over the earth and over the human race for the time of his life. A lot had happened in between: God created a living environment on earth for a new and distinct race, that He created on his own image, our first parents. Adam and Eve were given the freedom of choice also, and they were safe in Eden on account of their love and obedience to the Creator. Satan was able to deceive Eve and Adam and to switch their allegiance, their obedience from God to the devil. Man lost everything, his holiness with God, his home in Paradise, the dominion on the earth, and his life, because the new master didn’t have life in himself.

There it was, the Son of God, living in human flesh, to accomplish the mission of redemption, just a man. As a man Jesus had the freedom of choice, but Jesus choice always was “not my will, oh Father, but your will.” Christ went thru Satan’s bloody punishment and the pain of death trusting and obeying the Father. The Creator said to Adam about the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, “thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” Gen. 2:17. The Creator Himself chose to come in human flesh to pay that penalty; Christ agreed with the Father to lay aside his divine prerogatives in order to become a man, to become the Lamb of redemption and to die in the place of man. Jesus had said: “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.” John 10:17,18.

Hanging on the cross, in the darkness of the hour, at last, Jesus had, by faith, a glimpse of his victory over Satan; the victory of the plan of salvation, and He cried out: “It is finish,” and died. On the Temple the veil was rent from top to bottom, the knife and the lamb escaped from the hands of the priest, as telling them, these sacrifices are not necessary anymore. Jesus rose from the dead on Sunday morning, ascended to the Father, and entered into the Heavenly Temple as the High Priest and Advocate for the human race till He comes back as King of Kings and Lord of Lords to rescue his children from a chaotic earth.

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