I would like you all to read something regarding the Messiah. This is the prophet Isaiah writing about Jesus hundreds and hundreds of years before His birth. More notable than the alarming accuracy of this prophecy is what is said about God in reference to the affliction of Jesus: the Word declares that it PLEASED the Lord to bruise Him. This is not saying that God finds some weird pleasure in witnessing the hurt of people nor is it saying that He is a horrible Father finding pleasure out of the hurt of His son. What this IS saying is that God loved YOU so much that it gave Him pleasure to see His only begotten (sinless) Son endure the sickest torture and punishment known to man so that YOU, in your sins, could be reconciled back to Him. If that doesn’t scream SUPREME LOVE than I don’t know what does.
We get so caught up with self-centered things that we forget, or don’t even realize, that there is an Almighty being that is so far above us. Whose ways are so far, supreme, and higher than our ways, that LOVES us so much that it would give Him pleasure to see His ONLY Son die the worst death possible to redeem YOU and I. I encourage you to take time to consider the implications of this Truth for your life…
But 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. All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand. He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities. Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors. (Isaiah 53:5-6, 10-12)