Was it the Jews? Was it the Romans?
The prophet Isaiah wrote seven hundred years before Christ came into the world. He proclaimed His death, and the type of death He would endure – crucifixion. At the time of Isaiah’s prophecy, crucifixion was an unknown. It was the Roman empire that perfected and used it with horrific proficiency.
Isaiah 53 heralds the person and death of Christ – by way of crucifixion:
Who has believed our message?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
2 For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot,
And like a root out of parched ground;
He has no stately form or majesty
That we should look upon Him,
Nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him.
3 He was despised and forsaken of men,
A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;
And like one from whom men hide their face
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. 4 Surely our griefs He Himself bore,
And our sorrows He carried;
Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions,
He was crushed for our iniquities;
The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him,
And by His scourging we are healed.
6 All of us like sheep have gone astray,
Each of us has turned to his own way;
But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all
To fall on Him. 7He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He did not open His mouth;
Like a lamb that is led to slaughter,
And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers,
So He did not open His mouth.
8 By oppression and judgment He was taken away;
And as for His generation, who considered
That He was cut off out of the land of the living
For the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due?
9 His grave was assigned with wicked men,
Yet He was with a rich man in His death,
Because He had done no violence,
Nor was there any deceit in His mouth. 10But the Lord was pleased
To crush Him, putting Him to grief;
If He would render Himself as a guilt offering,
He will see His offspring,
He will prolong His days,
And the good pleasure of the Lord will prosper in His hand.
11 As a result of the anguish of His soul,
He will see it and be satisfied;
By His knowledge the Righteous One,
My Servant, will justify the many,
As He will bear their iniquities.
Why did Christ have to die?
For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Romans 5:16
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16
It was God himself who put His Son to death on the cross.
God the Father loves us so much, He put His Son to death to pay the penalty for the sins of mankind. Heaven costs us nothing. It cost Jehovah God the death of his only Son. Salvation is now available to all who would call on the Lord Jesus. On the third day Christ rose victorious over death, Because He lives, We too can live – forever!
Pray to God- Lord Jesus save me!
for “WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.” Romans 10:13