After finishing the book of Mark we turn to the one chapter that captures Good Friday and the Good News in 12 verses. Written about 700 years before the birth of Christ this prophecy can not be overlooked when one imagines what the pain of Jesus would have been like on the cross. For me it also points out the completion of Jesus removing all of my sins and allowing me to live a life free of uncertainty about my eternal future.
I want to look at 4 words that help put salvation into context. The first two words cover the vastness of sins that we commit as fallen human beings. There are two types of sins that we all commit, those that harm others and are visible and then there are those that effect us more personally and are more internal.
- transgressions……“The fundamental idea of the root is a breach of relationships, civil or religious, between two parties.” This can be anything from lying to someone to using God’s name in vain. It is visible and effects our relationships.
- iniquities…..this is more about internal decay. It is the sin that we hold within. Greed, lust, anger….in essence is our character. About who we really are inside. It is not visible to the average friend or acquaintance, when it does manifest itself it does as a transgression, where we finally lash out at someone.
The two other words that I want to look at describe how Jesus’ death and punishment dealt with these sins for each one of us.
- pierced….the hebrew word is halal. This is a visible would that leaves an external scare. It is defined as being pierced through.
- crushed….the word here is daka. The best was I see this defined is beat to pieces. The best I can think of this is when a victim of a car crash shows up to the hospital with no external signs that they are dying but inside they are bleeding to death.
Jesus’ external wounds were suffered for our external sins while is internal wounds cover our sins that are eating at us inside. Not one sin was overlooked when Jesus went to the cross.
Psalm 103:12 He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.