From Dr. Tom Woodward:
Good Friday recalls the agony of Jesus’ suffering, dying in our place on the cross.
C. S. Lewis called this the payment for our sin-debt. Isaiah 53:6 says: “All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned every one to his own way; And the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” (KJV)
Did you know - the brilliant NET (New English Translation) has unlocked the full power in this verse?
Now, God’s genius shines brighter:
"All of us had wandered off like sheep; each of us had strayed off on his own path, but the Lord caused the sin of all of us to attack him.” (NET)
When I saw this, I was shocked! A footnote explains, “Here the Hebrew verb has a double object—the Lord makes ‘sin’ attack ‘him’. In their sin, the group was like sheep who had wandered from God’s path. They were vulnerable to attack; the guilt of their sin was ready to attack and destroy them. But then the servant stepped in and took the full force of the attack.”
We rejoice in Christ’s atoning death and glorious resurrection! Let’s rejoice in the fact that “the LORD caused the sin of all of us to attack him,” so we don’t have to pay the price! If you’ve never trusted in Christ, why not today?