But the LORD was pleased To crush Him, putting Him to grief; If He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days, And the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand.Isaiah 53:10(NASB)
I have heard foolish people accuse God of carelessness and brutality because He sent His only begotten Son to die on the Cross. I have even heard God being accused of child-abuse because it pleased Him to crush the Lord Jesus and to expose His Son to a difficult life of accusations, ridicule, hatred, and a cruel death of betrayal, ignominy, and rejection.
But what manner of love the Father demonstrated in that He chose to subject the beloved Son of His love to the cruel punishment that fallen man individually and sinful humanity collectively deserves?
Judas may have betrayed Him; Herod may have convicted Him; false witnesses may have accused Him; the Chief Priest and the Jews may have condemned Him to death; the crowd may have cried, "Crucify Him and let His blood be upon us and on our children," and the soldiers may have mocked, scourged, and lacerated His head with thorns and driven the nails into His innocent flesh – but no-one had power over Christ except it was given from above.
For it pleased the LORD to crush Christ Jesus and to put Him to grief so that He would be the guilt offering – the sin offering – the blood-sacrifice - the innocent Lamb of God through Whom man individually and humanity collectively could have forgiveness of sins, by faith: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son so that whosoever believes on His name would not perish but have everlasting life."
It pleased God to put Him to death and from His side was to flow His Bride and through His blood was to issue forth a multitude of believers as numberless as the sand on the sea-shore and as numerous as the stars in the heavens. It pleased God to put Him to death so that His plans and purposes for man individually, humanity collectively, and nature universally, could be redeemed by faith in Christ alone.
He did this so that in the ages to come, He might show forth the incomparable riches of His grace, expressed in His kindness to us in Christ Jesus so that all the saints individually and collectively can join with the choirs of heaven to sing forth His praise to the glory of God forevermore.
Heavenly Father, You are a loving and wonderfully gracious God, and I thank You and love You for putting the Lord Jesus to grief for my sake and for all who trust in His name. Forgive those that misunderstand the depth of Your love for each of us individually and collectively, knowing that without Christ as our guilt offering, we could not have been redeemed to become Your children. Praise Your name forever and ever. In Jesus' name, AMEN.