He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that, having died to sins, we might live for righteousness; you have been healed by His wounds.1 Peter 2:24
This weekend I went with about 25 high school students to see the movie, “Not Today.” It’s about a little girl in India who becomes a victim of human trafficking, her dad, and a rich, entitled college kid from California whose world gets turned upside down. You can watch the trailer here.
You know those movies where everyone in the theater just sits still in their seats without talking after it’s over? This was one of those, plus some. We were stunned into silence. We had planned to eat afterwards; but after the movie, most everyone just wanted to go home. Somehow we’d lost our appetites. For a few hours, we carried in our hearts and minds the heavy burden of injustices that are going on around the world, right now.
Today, the weight of sinful humanity hit the world again, as we learned about the bombing at the Boston Marathon. We sit still once more, at a loss for words over the evil that exists among us. We can’t wrap our minds around it, and all there is to say about such senseless violence is, “God help us.”
The horror of one event, or one global injustice, can bring us to our knees, and it should. What would we do with two at once? Three? Ten? Twenty? One hundred?
That Jesus bore all our sins in His body on the cross is unimaginable. The physical blows He took on our behalf are gruesome for sure, but if we don’t understand the spiritual devastation He endured on the cross, we’re missing the point.
Every horrific act the world has ever known and will ever know – acts of terrorism, genocides, warlord insurgency, child trafficking, school shootings, tyrannical rule….every murder, abuse, injustice, betrayal – was on Him. Every selfish act by “good people,” too – every lie, prideful thought, careless word, inaction, materialistic pursuit – He carried it.
Why? Because we were hopeless, dead in our sins. He bore the weight of all of it so that sin would die in us, and we would be healed.
He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. Isa. 53:5
Praise God, He helped us.