Today, Easter Sunday, Christians everywhere celebrate the wonderful story, preserved in tens of thousands of historical copies written within lifetimes of his life, death and resurrection.
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities, the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed – Isaiah 53:5
Afflicted with sin, with an impossible task of aspiring to be with a God who is all good, God, despite our iniquities, saw that we couldn’t do this by ourselves, indeed, we couldn’t. In his infinite mercy, sent Jesus so that he could reveal himself and his nature to us and so that He could take the punishment we so very much deserved, and triumph on the third day!
One of my personal favourite bits of this story is found in Mark 14, the garden of Gesthemane, where we truly see Jesus’ human side as he contemplates his upcoming death. The stress of it so intense the man sweats blood, pleading with God that the cup of wrath meant for us be taken away from him
My soul is very sorrowful, even to death”
– Mark 14:34
Abba, Father, all things are possible for you, remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will
– Mark 14:36
Yet he went along with it, for you and me, the very people who hung him up on that cross, as his organs slowly crushed him from the inside, all the while still praying to God on our behalf
Father, forgive them for they know not what they do
– Luke 23:34
And today, we celebrate the day that he rose again, fulfilling the predictions of the old, and proving once more that he was the Son of God in this great exchange.