...............He was pierced for our transgressions
In the book of Isaiah, Chapter 53 tells the story of the life and death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The amazing thing about this is that the book was written approx. 700 years BEFORE Jesus walked the dusty streets of Jerusalem.
Jesus Himself, also repeatedly predicted His own death. He said,:
Where it would happen.
Who would be instrumental in putting Him to death.
The kind of death He would suffer.
That He would rise again (Matt.16:21).
Isaiah foretold of the death of Jesus seven centuries earlier and of the type of death He would have to endure for the sins of mankind.
His death by crucifixion was no ordinary death and was preceded by agonising torture. When the Romans crucified Our Lord they used all their skills and experience in torture. When they flogged the back of Jesus, the whip ends had metal balls that ripped the skin off His back. By the time they finished there was barely any flesh to be seen.
The attempt to humiliate Jesus with the crown of thorns had an even more deadly significance. In attempts to break the spirit of Christ, the cruel torturers dipped the points of the thorns into poison so as to inject this into His bloodstream, a practice which would drive an ordinary man insane.
Confirmation of their failure to carry out their intentions emerged when he appeared before Pontius Pilate. Pilate was convicted of the sin in his own heart when in the presence of the Holiness of Christ, he said, "Do you not realise that I have the power to put you to death? (John 19:10) Jesus answered, "You would have no power over me unless it was given on high". (John 19:11).
Christ's crucifixion, by the Blood which was shed on Calvary was a victory for all of mankind.
"Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world" John 1:29 KJV
"For this is My blood of the covenant, which is to be shed on behalf of many for forgiveness of sins". Matthew 26:28 NASB
Jesus said,” I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me”. John 14:6
"Remember what I told you- I am going away, but I will come back to you again" John 14:28 LB
Jesus died to show how much God loves us. (Romans 5:8); to be our mediator, (1 Timothy 2:5-6); to deal with our sins, (1 Peter 2:24)(2 Corinthians 5:21), to reconcile us to God (2 Corinthians 5