The common phrase, “actions speak louder than words,” is demonstrated most profoundly in the life of our Lord. Before He poured out His prayer for His disciples and us, in John 17, and before becoming our Intercessor forever, He prepared to speak love through action. Punishment to peace. That’s the exchange Jesus made on our behalf.
“But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds are we healed.”
The Father placed Jesus, His Son, in our place, and He became our substitute, suffering death for our sins. Note the exchanges He made:
He was pierced~~for our sin
He was crushed~~for our iniquities
He was punished~~to bring us peace
He was wounded~~to give us healing
In order to bring us forgiveness and reconcile us to God, Jesus, Immanuel, God with us, took on our iniquities and transgressions, and became the sacrifice for them all. He fully satisfied the Father and brought us healing of spirit and peace.
“For God was pleased to have all of His fullness dwell in Him and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through His blood, shed on the cross!” Colossians 1:19, 20 NIV
“All we like sheep have gone astray each of us has turned to his own way, and the Lord has laid on HIM, the iniquity of us all.”
The question may be asked, “Astray” from what? We have been led off course from God’s original intention and purpose for our lives.
What was God’s purpose?
~ To have fellowship with Him and be like Christ–not SELF-centered as every other voice declares. As in Romans 8:29 (NIV), “…to be conformed to the likeness of His Son, that He might be firstborn among many brothers.” God created us in His image (Gen 1:26,27), but when sin and rebellion entered the human race through Satan and man’s deception, the picture changed. “The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on earth had become and that every inclination of the thoughts of His heart was only evil all the time. The Lord was grieved that He had made man, and His heart was filled with pain.” Gen. 5:5,6 NIV
~God also created us for His pleasure, to enjoy fellowship with Him. In the King James Version of Rev. 4:11, it says, “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power; for You have created all things, and for Your pleasure (will) they are and were created.” The New KJV and NIV version says Will, rather than pleasure. Because of the will of God we were created.
And God has willed to express His grace to us and not His wrath! He poured out His wrath onto Jesus on the Cross. That’s quite an exchange. Wrath on Him, Grace for us. Punishment for Peace.
Next time–Humility in Shame