the-passion-of-the-christ-052“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.” (Isaiah 53: 5)

Throughout the centuries, the Cross of Jesus Christ continues to be the most powerful magnet that has drawn every heart and mind to the One who suffered a vicarious death to ensure spiritual blessing and to impart eternal life to mankind. We cannot walk away neutral after considering the suffering of Jesus Christ for the sins of the world on Calvary. Although prophet Isaiah was inspired by the Holy Spirit to write this 700 years before the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, he wrote “He was wounded” and not as “He will be wounded”. The reason was, “(Jesus) the Lamb was slain from the foundation of the world.” (Revelation 13: 8). Therefore, Isaiah’s words were not prophetic but retrospective because in the eyes of the Father, the plan of salvation was already completed.

1. WOUNDED FOR OUR SINS: “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities ….” (Isaiah 53: 5).Where was He wounded ? In His heart. What was that wound? It was the wound of becoming sin for all mankind. It was also the wound of being separated from the Father because of our sins. Do you want to see the wound that was in the heart of Jesus? It is found in Luke 22:44, “And being in an agony He prayed more earnestly: and His sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground”.  Why was He wounded in His heart? He was wounded in His heart for our transgressions and iniquities. He was not only wounded in His heart but also in His body for our sins. The Roman soldiers used the scourge that had thick lead hooks that will peel off the flesh of the convict. And the pain was more excruciating when they drew back the scourge that ripped the flesh off His back. The prophet saw the back of Jesus as the land that was ploughed. “The plowers plowed upon my back: they made long their furrows” (Psalm 129: 3 ). The reason for this is our transgression. “Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” (1 Peter 2: 24). His first wound is for the forgiveness of our sins.

 

2.  WOUNDED FOR OUR CURSES: “…… Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written” (Galatians 3: 13). The chastisement of our peace was upon Him. On the Cross, Jesus Christ became curse for you and for me and removed our curses and turned them into a blessing. The Amplified Bible renders Isaiah 53: 5 like this “ …… the chastisement needful to obtain peace and well being for us was upon Him”. We were under the curse of the law, ancestors, sin and bondage. What did Jesus do? He bore the crown of thorns upon His brow. In Genesis 3: 18, because of the sin of Adam, the Lord cursed the ground and it produced, “thorns also and thistles” The word “thorns” in verse 18 requires careful consideration. The cursed thorns and thistles pricked the human race from different quarters.  And in order to remove the curse of thorns and thistles, Jesus Christ bore and carried these thorns upon His brow. The Lord says, “My son and daughter. Since I have borne the thorns on my brow and died, you need not live in your curses. I will turn all your curses into blessings”.

3.  WOUNDED  FOR OUR SICKNESSES: “…and with His stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53: 5). The stripes on His back was for your healing. Each wound is with a purpose. “Just think of Him who endured from sinners such grievous opposition and bitter hostility against Himself” (Hebrew 12: 3 AMP). The word, “Contradiction” means something unusual, unjust  and out of  the ordinary.  Firstly, the two thieves suffered for what they committed, but Jesus suffered for no fault of His. Jesus suffered the wounds which the other two thieves did not experience.  The Romans always made the criminal bear his cross on which he was to be crucified. But even the cruel hard-hearted soldiers would not lay the cross on the back of Jesus, for they knew that His back was like a tilled ground. So they compelled Simon of Cyrene, to carry the cross for a while. After witnessing the crucifixion on Mt. Golgotha, he and his family got saved later and became great believers . “And they compel one Simon a Cyrenian, who passed by, coming out of the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear His cross.” (Mark 15: 21). “Salute Rufus chosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine” (Romans 16: 13). When we pray to our Father for healing, our Father would look at the stripes on Jesus’ back and heal us. On Mt. Golgotha, the Cross that was to be in the center, was made for two people though neither of them ever desired it. It should be either for Jesus or Barabbas.  They released Barabbas and so Jesus took that place. It was not those three nails that held Him on the Cross, but His love and compassion for us that held Him tightly on the Cross.

4. WOUNDED TO TAKE OUR PLACE: “And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son” (Genesis 22: 13). To take our place, Jesus took the wounds on His hands and on his feet. As Abraham lifted up his eyes up to heaven to slay his son Isaac, he heard the voice of a ram caught in a thicket. The ram’s voice sounded similar to the words of Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane saying, “I am He” (John 18: 6) when the soldiers came to arrest Jesus . The more you look up to heaven, the more clearly you will hear the voice of divine provision. This ram came alone to Mt. Moriah to become a burnt offering in the place of Isaac. If it had not come, Isaac would have been killed. In the Jewish custom, every firstling of an ass should be redeemed, “with a lamb” (Exodus 13:13). If the donkey has to live, then the lamb has to die. As a lamb was in the place of an ass in the law, and a ram in the place of Isaac on Mt. Moriah, Jesus Christ took our place on Mt. Calvary to redeem us. Since Jesus took our place, we are alive.

5. WOUNDED FOR OUR PROTECTION: “But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced His side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.” (John 19: 34). Soldiers broke the legs of the other two thieves. But when they found that Jesus was already dead, they did not break His legs and the prophecy was thus fulfilled. “He keepeth all His bones: not one of them is broken” (Psalm34: 20).God in His eternal wisdom knew that a soldier will pierce His Son’s side so He took a rib bone from the first Adam and closed it with flesh instead thereof. That is why men have one rib bone less. When His side was pierced, blood and water came out denoting, that there was no more blood in Him. The mystery of His pierced side is revealed as cleft in the Rock. Jesus is called as the riven Rock. “And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by Me, I will put thee in a clift of the rock” Exodus 33: 21, 22. The bride stays in the cleft of the Rock called Jesus. “O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock” (Song of Solomon 2: 14). In Proverbs 30: 26, weak and feeble conies search for the cleft rock and, “make their houses in the rocks”. The Lord says, “My son and daughter. Are you weak, feeble, helpless, despised, and treated with contempt by others? Come and take refuge in Me. In Me, you will find safety and security where you can dwell safely”. The Lord who has bought you with His precious blood, will protect you. “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the Church of God, which He hath purchased with His own blood” (Acts 20: 28).