Isaiah 53:9

And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

Isaiah 53:9

This verse continues the chronicles of Jesus’ suffering for us on the cross and beyond.  As we read this chapter and see the awful things that He went through, it is important to remember that He did it all for you and me.  Every horrible thing that He suffered as He was rejected of His own people, scourged and tortured, crucified and buried was done with you and I in mind. 

“He made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death…”  Our Lord Jesus Christ was crucified between two common thieves.  I have read that the “thieves” who were crucified in Roman times were not just your ordinary, run of the mill thieves.  They were usually professional “bandits” or “marauders,” as we would call them today.  They were often guilty not just of stealing, but of assault, murder, rape, etc.  We might be able to compare them to violent gangsters.  They were among the lowest criminals of the day.  They were truly “wicked.”  And that is how our Saviour died.

“…And with the rich in his death.”  He was killed with wicked criminals, but He was buried in the tomb of a rich man, Joseph of Aramathea.  To me, this apparent contradiction speaks to the fact that ALL men need a Saviour.  Whether you are in the condition of the thieves who died on either side of Him, or in the condition of a prosperous upstanding citizen, you need the Saviour.  No matter where you find yourself, He came for you. 

“…Because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.”  He had done no violence, as the murdering thieves had done.  He had never deceived anyone, as many of the “rich” had likely done.  He was innocent.  He was “holy, harmless, and undefiled.”  There was no reason that He should have suffered and died on the cross.  Except one.

That reason was me.

What a Saviour!

4 responses to this post.

  1. Ben, I love this line of your post: “To me, this apparent contradiction speaks to the fact that ALL men need a Saviour.” Not only was Joseph of Aramathea rich, he was a pharisee and generally regarded as a “good man” and yet he knew who Jesus was. Even though he was good by human standards, he still needed this Savior. Peace, Linda

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    • That’s an amazing thing to me- that we all need the Saviour, no matter how good or bad we may appear on the outside. Maybe more amazing is that He came and died for all of us, no matter how good or bad we may appear to be.

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  2. Love this Ben and that same part that Linda liked too! I used to be able to walk around a rich section of town and pray for them, knowing that we all need Jesus and sometimes it’s harder to realize that when you are wealthy. God bless you and your love of Him!

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