“It pleased the Lord to bruise him.” (Isaiah 53:10)
Does that verse seem strange?
Do I enjoy punishing my son? Certainly not in the way I enjoy sitting down to a good meal.
Do I see a need for it… that he might recognize his wrong and avoid a behavior that would prove harmful to him in the future?
Yes, I can see that; and while it seems partially driven by anger against the cause of the rebellious behavior, it still grieves me to have to administer punishment of pain.
But then, afterward and as a result, following an assurance of my love and embrace of my son, I see something that does bring me pleasure – a new openness, a humbler and more receptive attitude. A happier child.
On the part of the son, there is even an appreciation for what was done – a necessary payment that had to be made, a recompense for the transgression. Now that justice is done, the transgressor can lift his head and look deeper into his father’s eyes. Love, joy, and peace has been restored.
“For the joy that was set before Him (Jesus), He endured the cross...” (Hebrews 12:2)
That punishment was made for you and me, that we might come into the family of God and receive the Father’s complete and full forgiveness. If you do not think you need it, Isaiah’s verse will continue to seem strange.