“He was pierced because of our transgressions, crushed because of our iniquities; He was punished so that we may have peace.” Isaiah 53:5.
This prophesy from Isaiah, which he received from God several hundred years before the birth of Christ, described the “suffering servant” nature of the Messiah. According to many prophesies in the book of Isaiah, the Messiah would not be a great military hero, rather he would be a humble servant of God who would endure great pain and humiliation–to the point of death– to take away the sins of humanity. That is exactly what Jesus did for us: he was beaten, mocked, spat upon, flogged, and utterly humiliated so that we would never have to pay the price of our own sins. By nature we are sinful creatures, and we would never be able to pay off the debt of our own sins. Try as we might to live completely righteous lives, we still struggle and fall into sin, which adds more to our debt to God. But Christ has paid the debt for us. He took our place, he was our substitution. He died so that we will never know death. He placed our sins on His own shoulders and endured separation from God so that we never will. And He did all of this because He loves us. Though we have never met Jesus, He knows us and He loves us, and He died for us. That is a depth of love we will never be able to comprehend.