.... and the LORD has punished Him for the iniquity of us all Is. 53:6
How could this be? How could God the Father punish the perfect One, God the Son, for my sin? I should have been punished, but instead God the Son took my punishment? God the Son took the blame for every single wrong action, thought, and heart motive I ever had. God the Father actually attributed all my faults to Christ? How could this be? As Christ was pinned to that cross the Father laid upon His perfect Son all the blame, scorn, shame that I deserved! Then in those moments upon the cross the Father who had previously saw nothing but a perfect reflection of Himself in His son now somehow saw nothing but sin, for ....He who knew no sin became sin that we might become the righteousness of God.. (2 Cor. 5:21). Its not that God the Son became defiled, but in the mystery of all mysteries God the Son literally became an object of wrath of the Father. God the son was now attributed as the one who was solely responsible for my sin. I was previously by by nature an object of wrath (Eph. 2) but now God the son became an object of wrath. So now when the Father looked down upon His son hanging upon those wooden beams He saw nothing but a wretched sinner; He saw nothing but an object deserving of wrath and it pleased the Father to crush His son. Again was Christ ever actually defiled, was he actually a sinner? No, How could God ever cease to be Holy, He was still the transcendent eternally beautifully pure One, but again in the divine mystery Christ stepped into the my position bearing all my guilt; all my shame; all my scorn, ridicule, and wrath that I deserve. But it seems for the propitiation (wrath appeasing sacrifice) to be authentic that somehow in the divine mystical exchange of God taking our place that Christ literally became the object of scorn in the eyes of the Father for those hours on the cross. What was this punishment that Christ bore? He endured my Hell, my eternal suffering. His suffering was equal to the amount of suffering I would endure in the lake of fire for eternity. And not only my hell but he bore all the Hells of all the people who would say yes to Him from all times! OH there was so much more going happening on that cross that what we can see; the physical pain of the crucifixion was totally eclipsed by the wrath of God he endured while hanging there on that tree.