Jesus Pail it ALL
He was despised and rejected— a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care. Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins!
The irony at the end of this passage even merits an explanation point at the end. The man who deserved no punishment got punished and the ones who deserve punishment didn’t realize he was taking theirs for them.
So, if he took the punishment we deserve, then everything else he took on rightfully belonged to us too and not him. He was despised. Sinners deserve being despised. He was rejected. He didn’t deserve that either. He was a man of sorrows. He shouldn’t have been; he never did anything wrong. He was acquainted with deepest grief while everyone else carelessly keeps on sinning.
I am the one who deserves to be despised, rejected, sorrowful, and grief stricken. But, I have yet to experience any of these things as Jesus did. I am never getting what I deserve because Jesus took it on for me. All of it. He was mistreated by the ones who deserve mistreatment. And then he took the punishment those same sinners believed he deserved. AND THEN, he will truly spare sinners (the ones who believe in him) from experiencing what we rightfully deserve even though we still deserve it.
When you hear the song or see the bumper sticker, Jesus Paid it All, remember the ALL part. Not only did he take on the punishment for our sins when he was crucified, but he also took on the misery beforehand. We certainly deserve that too. And he spares anyone who believes in him from misery and punishment to this very day!
Weeping may last for a little while, but joy is coming for all who believe. (Psalm 30:5)
Dear Lord Jesus,
I am so thankful for this time of year when we all ponder The Resurrection. What you did was truly amazing. I’m so glad to be forgiven, but I’m also so relieved to know you have spared me from everything else too. Thank you that forgiveness is where you are – and joy and life and love. I am so glad I have all of these things regardless of my circumstances and that what you did for me gives me eternity with you. I love you and I just can’t thank you enough. Thank you, Jesus! Amen.