Journey to the Cross: Good Friday Reflections

“He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.” – Isaiah 53Open Link in New Window: 5 KJV

This verse always leaves me in awe and worship.  As I look at my own depravity and sin and how deserving I am of the righteous wrath of a Holy God, I am overwhelmed by a Savior who was willing to bear that wrath and judgment on my behalf.  His wounds should have been my wounds.  His bruises should have been my bruises.  His chastisement should have been my chastisement.  His stripes should have been my stripes.  But instead of letting me bear the punishment that was my just due, Jesus Christ took my place.  This is the great exchange.  The One who new know sin became sin so that the one who was full of sin could become righteous.  The grace that we see in the glorious exchange of the cross is incomprehensible.  All that we can do is bow down at the feet of Jesus and worship!