Pierced!

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Pierced!

(James Smith, “Looking Upon the Pierced One” 1860)

“He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed!” Isaiah 53:5

Cross

If we would enjoy peace, grow in grace, and walk with God–there is one object on which the eye of the mind should be constantly fixed. Therefore it is written, as the language of our crucified Lord, “They shall look upon Me whom they have pierced!” Zechariah 12:10.

Pierced! WHO pierced Him? WE did–and pierced Him to the heart! Nor were we satisfied with piercing Him once–for we have pierced Him often, and pierced Him through and through!
Our unbelief pierces Him;
our ingratitude pierces Him;
the coldness of our love pierces Him;
our forgetfulness pierces Him;
our preferring the world to Him pierces Him;
our disobedience to His Word pierces Him;
and our doubting of His love pierces Him!

It was WE who pierced Him on Calvary!
We put the nails and the hammer into the hands of the executioners!
We put the spear into the hand of the Roman soldier!
Yes, it was we who . . .
gathered the thorns,
picked out the sharpest,
formed them into a mock crown,
thrust it on His head, and
with the staff beat the thorns into His temples!

See, see, there He hangs! Pierced in His head, hands, feet, and side–pierced for us–pierced by us!

Look, my soul, at the pierced One!

God’s holy Son hangs on that cross!

O my soul, look at Jesus!
He is your Substitute.
He is there for you!
He is suffering death for you!
He is bearing the desert of your sins in His body on the tree!
He is enduring your curse, being made accursed for you!

He is revealing . . .
what is in man’s nature,
what is in God’s heart, and
what He is willing to do and suffer–rather than I should perish!

Yes, Jesus is there for me!
He represents my person!
He answers for my crimes!
He dies in my stead!

O Savior, was ever any love, was ever any agony, was ever any death–like Yours!

Look, my soul, look to Jesus, the pierced One!

Look, and mourn–because your sins degraded, disgraced, and put Him to grief!

Look, and rejoice, for you shall have . . .
dignity by His degradation,
honor by His disgrace, and
life by His death!

Look, and be sorry that you have ever sinned, and so caused Jesus to suffer!
Look, and rejoice that you shall live forever to glorify and praise His name!

O my soul, Jesus was wounded for your transgressions, and bruised for your iniquities!
His blood has made your peace with God,
His righteousness gives you a title to eternal life,
and His death delivers you from dying!

I fix my eye intently on Jesus on the Hill Calvary, and marking all His tears, wounds, and agonies–I feel thatI was the cause of all. I myself did it! Yes, I MYSELF . . .
bruised Him,
scourged Him,
spit on Him,
crowned Him with thorns,
smote Him with the fist, and
nailed Him to the cursed tree!
I inflicted it all.

Yet, O wonder of wonders! I derive pardon, holiness, and eternal life from it!

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Photo: Single Wooden Cross by Kim Newberg

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4 responses to “Pierced!

  1. Jesus was really wounded and died, as any of us can die. Those who call themselves Christian should recognise that it was this Jewish man who died for us and not God who faked something, because God cannot die. Recognising this Son of God (and not God the son) he is our mediator before his and our Father. Alleluia.

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  3. Hi,

    Yes, I agree that Jesus was really wounded and died just as we all will die. I am not sure I understand what you men by “not God who faked something.” Jesus the man died. Jesus is 100% God and Jesus is 100% man. He is God because only God can forgive sins and Jesus did exactly that. He did not forgive sin on behalf of God. He forgave sin because He is God.

    In John 20:20, Thomas declared “My Lord and my God” to Jesus. Jesus then answered in the affirmative by stating “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” In other words, Jesus is acknowledging that He is Lord and God.

    There are several scriptures that declare that Jesus is God. For instance, John Chapter 1 makes that really clear. It states “(Joh 1:1) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Then further down, it states that the Word became flesh. The Word WAS God and the Word BECAME flesh.

    There are also references in the Old Testament that declare Jesus to be God. I would like to direct you to this post titled “Is Jesus God.”

    Blessings,

  4. Jesus, who was lower than angels and than his Father (Hebrews 2:9,14,17; John 14:28; 1Corinthians 11:3) and cannot do things without his Father (John 5:19) who is greater than him (John 14:28) may be called a strong god (Isaiah 9:6) because at that time and even today there were many gods.
    God, who is spirit has ever been while Jesus is being begotten and born. (Galatians 4:4; Luke 1:32,35,; Matthew 1:18) and he could show the marks of the wounds he had from the last days of his life. He was taken up from the dead by his Father, and by this we do have the hope of what could be done to us. (Mt 27:53; Lu 20:27; jo 11:25; Ac 1:22; 2:31; 4:2,33; 17:18; 23:6; 24:15; 1Pe 1:3; 3:21) Notice how Paul also speaks about the Son of God being resurrected. (Ro 1:4; 6:5)
    Jesus, who was loved by his Father (Jo 3:35; 5:20; 10:17), recognised the Creator as his Father (Jo 5:17-18) and the one who send him ((Jo 6:44) also warned us not to bow down for him, but to give his Father all the honour, and to pray to Him “Our Father” who is in heaven (Mt 5:16; 6:9; 18:10) and is the Only one (Jo 8:41;. It was to this Father that Jesus prayed often and cried in the Garden of Getshemane to let the cup pass (Mt 26:39). Jesus always wanted that the Will of his Father was not done and not his will.(Matthew 26:39)
    Jesus is also going to hand over the Kingdom to the person who sits next to Him (1Co 15:28) who is the only one we may have as a god, namely the God of gods Jehovah Elohim Hashem, the Almighty (Exodus 20:3; De 5:7; 1Ch 16:26; Ac 19:26; Isa 42:8; Ps 83:18;Ex 6:2-3; Jo 17:6,26)
    Jesus heard about the truth by His Father and wants us to keep to that Truth and the Word of God. (John 8:40,44-45; 18:37; Mt 15:1-9)

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