5 But he was pierced for our rebellion,
crushed for our sins.
He was beaten so we could be whole.
He was whipped so we could be healed. – Isaiah 53:5 NLT
Because He loved us, God gave us His Son who loved us so much He gave His life for us. He suffered the most painful, undignified death that one could suffer. Love hurts. Despised, rejected, acquainted with deepest grief. Love hurts. “Pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins, beaten so we could be made whole, and whipped so we could be healed.” No one took His life from Him, He gave it freely. And still, He is rejected. Love hurts. Redemption requires blood, blood requires wounds. Love hurts. Our love for Him will cost us our lives which we freely lay down to gain eternal life with Him. But instead of wounds, we receive healing spiritually and physically. On a lesser scale, showing His love to others can cause us to be rejected and yes, even beaten and persecuted. Love hurts. The difference? He suffered alone but we are partners with Him when we suffer.
Love hurts but in the end, it brings glorious joy!
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” – Anonymous