I have had some really bad jobs. One Christmas vacation I worked as a garbage collector and between the cold, snow, and rodents, it wasn't my best celebration of the season. I worked one summer during college as an intern at a factory, cleaning the rust off exhaust systems with acid. I worked for a while as a "brickie," carrying concrete blocks to masons and mixing concrete when it was so cold outside that we had to add antifreeze to it to keep it from freezing before it could be used. I worked one job that was so dirty my mom made me undress on the back porch before I was allowed to enter our home. But the thing that made those jobs tolerable was knowing I wouldn't be doing them forever. They were hard, uncomfortable, unattractive, and physically exhausting, but I knew they were temporary.
What was in Jesus’s job description as Savior?
•to be despised and rejected
•to have a life of sorrow and grief
•to bear our griefs and carry our sorrows
•to be stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God
•to be pierced for our transgressions
•to be crushed for our iniquities
•to take our chastisement
•to be wounded for our spiritual healing
•to carry our iniquity
•to be oppressed without defending himself
•to endure oppression and judgment
•to be cut off
•to have a grave with the wicked
•to experience anguish of soul
•to pour out his soul to death
•to be numbered with transgressors
This is what your Savior was appointed to do. This was his redemptive job description. This was the only way for forgiveness to be granted, eternal life to be given, righteousness to be granted, acceptance with God to be guaranteed, and saving grace to be unleashed. He came willingly and did it all without the faintest grumble or the smallest complaint. Jesus knew that his suffering would be temporary but the fruit would be eternal, and he was willing.
This Good Friday, stop and consider the depth of the love of your Lord, that he endured this for you. He suffered the unthinkable so we could experience the unreachable. Now that’s amazing grace!
Taken from Journey to the Cross: A 40-Day Lenten Devotional by Paul David Tripp, © 2020, Day 29. Used by permission of Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, IL 60187, www.crossway.org.