Isaiah 53:3-4: “He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.”

Job sat in the dust scratching his sores when several of his friends showed up. He had lost everything dear to him – his family, his possessions, and his health. The men were genuinely speechless when they witnessed the extraordinary pain their friend Job went through. So they sat down and mourned with him for a while without speaking a word. Maybe this is what they should have continued doing, but at some point they did speak up. After assessing the situation they essentially told Job: “Everything is your fault! God is punishing you for your sins.” However, none of the things happening to Job was his fault. It was an act of God.

When Jesus was executed on the cross, the people around him hurled insults at Him saying: “Save yourself if you are as wonderful as you claim to be.” Jesus on the cross was considered a fraud. If He truly was the Son of God, He would not let Himself get killed – or wouldn’t He?

It is ironic that everybody likes to judge while nobody wants to be judged. Whether we become witnesses of a sad scene, or we see someone at his or her breaking point, we should never jump to conclusions. In most cases our hasty deductions are plain wrong, and the damage of our snap judgment calls can cause a lifetime of pain.

Who likes to hear that Jesus’s suffering on the cross was entirely our fault? Nobody does – at least I don’t know anybody who enjoys hearing that – but here is the good news: Jesus is not mad at us. He suffered greatly at our hands, but He suffered willingly; His goal was to eliminate all judgment calls, whether they are inappropriate or justified. He took the blame and accepted all punishment there is. Now, what is left for us?

* Peace – with nothing left to blame, punish, or judge;

* Healing – coming from a Savior who was in our shoes and has all the empathy for our cause that we can hope for.

Jesus picks up our broken pieces and makes us whole again – trusting Him is the key. If we don’t know Jesus yet, we will find that it is easy to get acquainted – He is truly welcoming – and our acquaintance will soon blossom into a friendship that goes beyond our lifetime.