“Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great, And He will divide the booty with the strong; Because He poured out Himself to death, And was numbered with the transgressors; Yet He Himself bore the sin of many, And interceded for the transgressors.” Isaiah 53:12, NASB
I just had to write today–my heart is so full contemplating the crucifixion of our Lord. I’m struck by this phrase in Isaiah 53, “He poured out Himself to death.” A note in my Bible provides an alternate meaning for the word Himself, translating it also as “His soul.”
When I meditate on Christ pouring out Himself on the cross, I picture His precious blood flowing. Cascading from His head all the way down His body … puddled on the ground beneath the cross. This is horrifyingly yet beautifully true–Christ’s blood is the means by which we’re forgiven and saved. But this perspective of pouring out His soul adds to my picture: all of Christ’s affections, His purpose, and His character–the essence of who He is–was poured out on that splintered cross.
Jesus gave Himself in the most tremendous sense possible. In addition to offering His body, He offered His heart. You know how vulnerable that feels sometimes? To lay yourself out there for all to see … to reveal the innermost thoughts and feelings you possess? The possibility of rejection looms, but that’s what Jesus did as an act of intercession for us. Opening wide for all to see, Christ revealed the full nature of God on the cross.
In Jesus’ sacrifice, we witness the exquisite beauty of God. All of humanity is given the opportunity to know who God is because Jesus perfectly displayed Himself on the cross.
Today, as we ponder the unbelievable suffering Jesus endured on our behalf, let’s reflect on the fact that He poured out Himself: His life’s blood, His obedience to God, and His intention toward mankind … His glorious LOVE.
As we grasp–even in the slightest–this power of the cross, we are changed. Christ, our beloved Savior, poured out Himself–His very soul–so we can know Him and be saved for eternity.
Blessings, my friends, as you worship the Lord Jesus Christ for all He is and all He accomplished on the cross.
With much love in Him,