Am I Guilty?

Is. 53:5b
“The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him; and by his scourging we
are healed.” (NASB)
“The punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are
healed.” (NIV)
“He took the punishment, and that made us whole. Through His bruises we get
healed.” (Message)

Did you ever do something when you were young that your parents decided needed a punishment attached to it? Or were you ever punished for something you didn’t do when actually someone else was to blame?

Punishment is never pleasant whether you deserve it or not. But it’s most detestable when you are punished for someone else’s wrong doing. And then when giving such punishment did your parents say, “It’s for your own good. It will make you a better person.” or maybe, “This hurts me more than it hurts you.” And if you’re old enough, you look back and realize it all true. You learned some lessons, became wiser, and a better person. It didn’t do anything for anybody else though.

Jesus. But Jesus, let the punishment that we deserved (we are the guilty ones), be given to him. Because he was God, one with the Father, sinless, not guilty, he could take it. He understood this was his chosen purpose in becoming a man. I love the three different translations that try to describe what he did – “for our well-being”, “brought us peace”, and “made us whole”.

But they all agree, “we are healed.”!

Peter describes in I Peter 2:24, 25 that this healing involves our own death to sin and living for righteousness. Without Jesus death I don’t get to live, truly live.

I’m grateful Jesus took my punishment and didn’t complain.

~Nancy Matheis

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