I just finished reading an article by C. Baxter Kruger, Bearing Our Scorn: Jesus And The Way Of The Trinitarian Love, and it has me thinking about some things. It was a very eye-opening read, to say the least. One thing that I had never considered is this: that when the scripture says that Jesus bore our wrath, scorn, or whatever, this is could be referring to the wrath and scorn that we the human race poured out upon Jesus. The Father and Jesus and the Holy Spirit were there in Christ to meet humanity where we were, in darkness. It was us who were lashing out upon Jesus. Could it be that in Christ, God has born OUR judgment upon God? Yet he did not retaliate but met us at our darkest hour and embraced us as we truly are in our fallen state. He could have at any time called legions of Angels.
This tells me that I am safe in God’s love. In Christ God has already accepted me at my worst. I am beginning more and more to accept God’s acceptance of me. He truly loves me and there is nothing I can do about it. He won’t ever stop. In Christ, He has now included me in His life.
Another thing I am learning is that “No one knows the Father except the Son.”(Luke 10:22) Jesus is the one who knows the Father and the only way I can know Him is through the Son.
I will probably be thinking about the things I have gleaned from this article for the rest of the day.
Isaiah 53 (NET)
53:1 Who would have believed what we just heard?
When was the Lord’s power revealed through him?
53:2 He sprouted up like a twig before God,
like a root out of parched soil; he had no stately form or majesty that might catch our attention,
no special appearance that we should want to follow him.
53:3 He was despised and rejected by people,
one who experienced pain and was acquainted with illness;
people hid their faces from him;
he was despised, and we considered him insignificant.
53:4 But he lifted up our illnesses,
he carried our pain;
even though we thought he was being punished,
attacked by God, and afflicted for something he had done.
53:5 He was wounded because of our rebellious deeds,
crushed because of our sins;
he endured the punishment that made us well;
because of his wounds, we have been healed.
53:6 All of us had wandered off like sheep;
each of us had strayed off on his own path,
but the Lord caused the sin of all of us to attack him.*
53:7 He was treated harshly and afflicted,
but he did not even open his mouth.
Like a lamb led to the slaughtering block,
like a sheep silent before her shearers,
he did not even open his mouth.
53:8 He was led away after an unjust trial
but who even cared?
Indeed, he was cut off from the land of the living;
because of the rebellion of his own people he was wounded.
53:9 They intended to bury him with criminals,
but he ended up in a rich man’s tomb,
because he had committed no violent deeds,
nor had he spoken deceitfully.
53:10 Though the Lord desired to crush him and make him ill,
once restitution is made,
he will see descendants and enjoy long life,
and the Lord’s purpose will be accomplished through him.
53:11 Having suffered, he will reflect on his work,
he will be satisfied when he understands what he has done.
“My servant 31 will acquit many,
for he carried their sins.
53:12 So I will assign him a portion with the multitudes,
he will divide the spoils of victory with the powerful,
because he willingly submitted to death
and was numbered with the rebels,
when he lifted up the sin of many
and intervened on behalf of the rebels.”