Isaiah vividly predicts an event 600 years before it took place; that God would send His Son to earth only to have Him spat upon by the people He is dying for. The prophet describes the Messiah’s submission to this cruelty by the very words of the Savior Himself: I gave My back, My face…
Isaiah 50:6c …I did not hide My face from shame and spitting.
Matthew 27:29-30 When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” Then they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head.
It is nearly unimaginable the horrors that Jesus endured while completing the sacrifice He made for our sins. Mobs of angry people gathered around Him, hurling their hatred, cursing, spitting and mocking Him in His pain. To be the King of the Universe yet brutalized and spat upon by the very people you are suffering for is a travesty of justice.
Jesus endured this suffering because He was representing you and I at the place of God’s judgment for our sins. Because He stood in our place, Jesus took the full measure of God’s wrath, both on the cross and by the hatred and violence of the crowds near Him. We can all have great confidence today that our sins have been forever put away by Jesus’ sacrifice two thousand years ago because His payment for our sins was so great.
By this written prophetic account of what Jesus endured in the terrible suffering, humiliation, pain and torture inflicted upon Him, we understand just how great God’s hatred of sin is. By the endurance and steadfastness of Jesus in not wavering from the cross, we can begin to comprehend the great love He has for all of us.
There is no example of love ever shown to any human being—greater than the suffering of Jesus Christ during His death on the cross. If anyone should doubt whether God truly loves them, all they must do is look back at the cross and see Jesus in His agony, to be certain of the eternal love of God. It is clear that this great God of the universe loves and cares deeply for all human beings because He allowed His only Son to suffer so profoundly.
If you have ever felt unworthy of God’s love, you should understand that this was the purpose for which God allowed Jesus to endure such hostility from evil men. God wants you to know how greatly He loves you and that in giving His only Son, you might begin to experience what true love is really all about. Everything that you have longed for, deep within your heart, is found in the expression of Jesus’ love for you. Your value in this world is revealed by what the Son of God was willing to suffer on your behalf.
From the moment you believe that Jesus died for you and then receive Him into your heart, all your sins and all the guilt you feel for those sins is gone forever. You can then begin to live a life of great peace and satisfaction. In acceptance of Jesus’ death for you, there is a knowledge that all is well between you and God.
The message of this prophetic fulfillment by the Messiah’s suffering, defines all those who receive Him as fully pleasing to God. Heaven now awaits you with your name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. You have the assurance, that along with the countless numbers of other people who have also received Jesus, you have, as your final destination—a glorious new home where there is fullness of joy and pleasure forevermore.