He will bruise His darling Son

(by Francis Covell, 1875)

"But He was pierced for our transgressions, He
 was crushed for our iniquities
; the punishment
 that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His
 wounds we are healed." Isaiah 53:5

What are we?

We are only lumps of sin and dirt.

But see the eternal love of God towards sinful men.
His love set His wisdom to work how to save these
sinful and sinning creatures from the burning pit!

It pleased the Lord Himself to bruise His Son.

He thrust the sword of justice into the heart of His
own dear Son
, that mercy might flow to the "objects
of His mercy, whom He prepared in advance for glory."

His dear Son must suffer that they might be spared.

There was such love in God towards sinful men that
many waters could not quench it. He did not spare
His Son one iota. The Darling of heaven cried out,
"Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me!"

But that we might go eternally free, and that God
might look on us in justice and holiness with smiles
and kisses; He bruised His own Son.

Jesus bore thousands of hells in His own sufferings
in the garden and on the tree; and the Father never
withdrew the sword
until He cried out, "It is finished!"
"Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed
upon us!" to save us from a burning pit; to bring us to
the heights of bliss!

O the depths of God's love!

If He will pardon sin; if He will save a wretch, a rebel,
a man damned by the law; if He will let His heart's love
run out to save him from what he deserves; then He
must part with the love of His heart, the joy of His soul,
His only begotten Son!

Will He do that?

Is His love so surprisingly great, boundless, full,
and free, that to save an enemy, a vile and a
cursed sinner, He will bruise His darling Son?

He will! "Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him;
He has put Him to grief
." Isaiah 53:10