In the great drama of our Redemption, as soon as Christ was nailed to the Cross, with His
crown of thorns, and with the howling mob that surrounded Him, Justice began to do its
awful work behind the scenes.
Sense-Knowledge men and women who surrounded the Cross could only see the physical
man, Jesus hanging there.
God could see His spirit.
Angels could see His spirit.
Demons could see the real man, hidden in that body. Then came the dreadful hour when 2
Corinthians 5:21 was fulfilled.
‘”Him who knew no sin He made to be sin on our behalf; that we might become the
Righteousness of God in Him”.
Isaiah 53:5-6 “He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the
chastisement of our peace was upon Him and with His stripes we are healed. All we like
sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and Jehovah hath laid on
Him the iniquity of us all.”
On that awful Cross, He not only became sin, but He became a curse, for in Galatians 3:13
tell us, “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us; for it is
written, Cursed is everyone that hanged on a tree.”(The word “us” there refers to the Jews).
He came as a Jew under the First Covenant to redeem all those who were under that
Covenant from the curse of the Law.
When He was hanging on the Cross, He was not only sin, but He was a curse.
Is it any wonder that God turned His back upon Him?
Is it any wonder He cried in His agony, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”
He had taken the sinner’s place in judgement.
All the forces of darkness had overwhelmed Him. He was our sin Substitute.
Sin was not reckoned to Him. Sin was not set to His account. He became sin.
Our senses reel under the staggering thought of it. We cannot grasp it.
Only our spirits can fathom the depths of His agony.
You can hear Paul cry (Philippians 3:10) “That I may know Him and the power of His
resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, becoming conformed unto His death.”
Paul’s prayer amazes one. He wanted to share in the death-agonies of Christ. He wanted to
fellowship in His sufferings.