Do I really understand who Jesus is and what He did for my life?  It’s easy to glimpse over the name of Jesus and casually think, “He died for me.”  I can often take for granted his death on the cross and the prophesies spoken of him .

If I put myself back in the times of Isaiah, I would have been told about a Messiah who was going to save the world.  If I was a Jew living in the days of the Old Testament, I would surely embrace this message of a Savior who would deliver me.  We were people who desperately needed deliverance.  We have been in bondage by the surrounding nations, taken advantage of, abused, not treated fairly.  I would definitely embrace the idea of a “King” who would bring deliverance, power, control over those who mistreated me.  I would yearn for a King who would “get even” with those people who treated us so unfairly.

But the Jews didn’t truly understand the words spoken by Isaiah 53:5-6

“But He was pierced through for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.  We all are like sheep who have gone astray, each of us his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”

Unfortunately, God’s people did not see Jesus for He was.  Years later Jesus, the Messiah, was born but did not come as a glorious King with glitts, gold, & beauty.  He came as a man of humility, to serve others not himself.  The Jews could not accept this type of man as their “Savior.”

Instead, Jesus came as the slaughtered lamb.  He died in place of our pain, sorrow, & sin.  He may not have been a “King” in the worlds’ eyes, but He came as the ultimate authority of forgiveness, redemption, & healing.  His brutal death on the cross is hard for our frail, human minds to accept.  This act of sacrifice goes against our human nature.  Jesus was rejected, beaten, betrayed, not accepted and WHO wants to feel this way in life.  Not me!!  This is too painful!!  The initial character of Jesus seems so weak, frail, helpless, a crutch, powerless.   Surrendering our lives to this seems so foolish.

The reality is we all are weak, frail, helpless, need crutches for our broken spirits.  But we don’t have to stay broken.  The cross heals, restores, makes all things new.  “By his stripes we are healed.”    We yearn for victory in our life.  Some of us have felt pretty much in control of our life, but perhaps recently we have experienced a spin cycle.  The pain is unbearable and we don’t understand how we got here and how to go back to our normal selves.

Jesus, the one who was spit on, betrayed, treated brutally, can move us from misery to victory.   The cross looks too despairing at first, but if we embrace it and move past Friday to Sunday, our misery turns to victory!!  He is that kind of KING!!

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