Have you ever been misjudged? Have you been accused of doing something when you haven’t done it? Maybe you’ve even been punished for an offense you didn’t do, but known who really did it? We don’t like to be misunderstood. Yet, can we even begin to comprehend what it was and is like for God, the Creator of the universe, to be falsely judged as an evil God, One Who doesn’t care about the world’s suffering and death–when, in fact, He took on Himself all the sin, suffering, pain, guilt, and even the misunderstanding of the world, on His own shoulders!?? On the cross!
“By oppression and judgement, He was taken away, and who can speak of His descendants? For He was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people, He was stricken.”
An alternate reading or translation of this verse may be “by oppression and judgement He was taken away, and as for His generation, who among them considered that He was cut off out of the land of the living for the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due? (Amplified Bible)
Jesus was arrested and judged to be a blasphemer (a liar and defiler of deity) by the religious leaders of the day, and proclaimed “King of the Jews”, a Roman edict of treason. He was regarded by His own Jewish people and the entirety of the Roman government as being tried and punished rightly for such crimes. Yet this passage in Isaiah 53 clearly reveals that Jesus was crucified for the transgressions (crimes and wrongdoings) of everyone else, including the very ones who sentenced, judged and crucified Him! They didn’t see it. Rather, they actually fulfilled prophesy by their false accusations and judgements. Who among them, who in His generation, understood this at that time?
“He was in the world and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him. He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him. Yet to ALL who received Him, to those who believed in His Name, He gave the right to become children of God–children not born of natural descent, nor of human decision, or a husband’s will, but born of God.” John 1:10-13
Next Time–Truth encounters deceit.