All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him. -Isaiah 53:6 (NASB)
For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. -Hebrews 10:14 (NIV)
It’s Holy Week, the week that starts with celebrating Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, and then his ultimate sacrifice for us all at the cross, which we commemorate on Good Friday. As I talk about it with my five-year-old son, I explain to him how Jesus, who lived a sinless life, was punished for all our sins.
Upon His shoulders, Jesus took the sins of every person who ever did or will walk the earth, and had them nailed to the cross to die with Him. He was flogged and beaten and mocked and pierced. He took the ultimate show of disobedience from the very creations God made.
Over and over, since Adam and Eve, God’s creations repeatedly turned away from God, and over and over, He would give them another chance to return to Him. And with Jesus, the human race physically tortured and killed His Son, because no conventional human sacrifice could ever compensate for the body of sin man had and would inflict.
So, Jesus took it all for us, with a sacrificial love deeper than we could ever understand, but one we can commemorate every day in thanksgiving and praise…and for what He would do after the crucifixion to save us all.