“He was despised and rejected— a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care. Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down.” Isaiah 53:3-4a
Think for a moment of the heaviest weight you’ve ever had to lift. Now picture a lead vest being placed upon you. Heavy, isn’t it? Now consider what it would be like to bear the weight of your own sin. What if, for examples sake, each sin weighed 5 lbs. Now think about all the sins you’ve committed in your entire life up to this point. Maybe 100 or 500; but what if it were 1000. What would it feel like to have to have 5000 lbs resting on us? A Ford Taurus weighs between 4500 and 5500 lbs. Let’s say you’re stuck under a Taurus. Pretty scary thought, isn’t it?
Now think about what it would be like to bear the weight of all the folk’s sins on the street where you live. Now we might be talking about bearing the weight of 28 or so people’s sins. That would be 140,000 lbs. An Amtrak Superliner weighs that much. Wow! Now think about the fact that Jesus didn’t bear the weight of His own sin, for He was sinless. He didn’t bear the weight of 28 or 100 or even 1000 people’s sins, but the weight of every sin committed by every person ever created. Think of the magnitude of that. How would it feel to take on that much of a burden? Thankfully you’ll never know, for if you sought and received forgiveness from the Lord for all your sins you won’t have to bear any weight at all. Jesus did that for you.
That burden on the cross must have been smothering. Not to mention that it brought about a separation from God that He had never known before. That bloody, gory, voluntary death on a criminals cross was designed to buy the souls of men back from the brink of hell’s pit. He did that for you and me so we didn’t have to. What a wonderful Savior! What a wondrous thing has been done for us! Let this all soak in to the deepest part of your consciousness and once it has, lift up His name in praise for paying a debt you could never have paid. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!