IT PLEASED THE LORD TO BRUISE HIM
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.
What a strange thing to say, “it pleased the Lord to bruise Him..”. Who was responsible for the death of Christ? Was it the Roman soldiers, or Pontius Pilate, or maybe we should lay the blame on Judas, or the Jewish elders? I will never forget the movie “The Passion of the Christ”. What an incredible array of emotions would flood your senses as you watched the incredible suffering of our Lord. That was the question that haunted my mind as I watched the movie. If I remember correctly, there was quite a stir from the Jewish community saying that Mel Gibson was placing the blame for Christ’s death upon them. But who was actually behind this incredible act of injustice, or was it justice itself that cried out for His death?
Today’s scripture verse describes the answer to these questions. Actually, mankind was alienated from God as the results of the sin of our first parents, man has labored for thousands of years under the results of our fall from relationship with our Creator. Somehow, we have been connected to Adam as the representative of our race for all these years. His sins and our sins cried out for justice to satisfy the righteous anger of our holy God. Jesus came to this earth as the last Adam, to also represent mankind. His death on the cross was the plan of God, the cross is God’s plan for justice to be served and for mercy to be offered to fallen man. That is why it pleased the Lord to make His soul an offering for sin. It wasn’t the Romans, the Jews, Judas, or Pilate that was ultimately responsible for the death of Christ, it was our sin. That is why it pleased the Lord to bruise Him, putting Him to death. He was rejoicing in the greatest of all mysteries, justice and mercy have met together. The cross displayed the place for mercy and justice to finally kiss.