The Messiah shall be cut off, but not for himself. —Daniel 9:26
This passage gives us a little glimpse into the mystery of redemption. Messiah the prince was cut off, but not for Himself. Redemption stays a hidden secret until grace opens our eyes. The worldly man tries to comprehend these unthinkable mysteries but always comes to the wrong conclusions. His concept of God includes a worldly idea of mercy but justice never comes into view, unless this justice is for someone else. The great message of the cross includes both justice and mercy. Justice was served, my guilt was not bypassed or overlooked, it was judged at the cross. Mercy is offered to me as justice was completed in the death of Christ. Christ death was not an accident, it was the fulfillment of the Father’s plan. As Isaiah said, “It pleased the Father to bruise His Son… making His soul an offering for sin”. Here are some thoughts from Spurgeon on today’s verse.
“Blessed be His name, there was no cause of death in Him. Neither original nor actual sin had defiled Him, and therefore death had no claim upon Him. No man could have taken His life from Him justly, for He had done no man wrong, and no man could even have lain Him by force unless He had been pleased to yield Himself to die. But lo, one sins and another suffers. Justice was offended by us, but found its satisfaction in Him. Rivers of tears, mountains of offerings, seas of the blood of bullocks, and hills of frankincense, could not have availed for the removal of sin; but Jesus was cut off for us, and the cause of wrath was cut off at once, for sin was put away for ever. Herein is wisdom, whereby substitution, the sure and speedy way of atonement, was devised! Herein is condescension, which brought Messiah, the Prince, to wear a crown of thorns, and die upon the cross! Herein is love, which led the Redeemer to lay down His life for His enemies!”
What a plan! God Himself would become part of the human race. The creator would enter creation; not only would He enter creation He would become one of us, a human. What was the purpose? He came to suffer the consequences of our rebellion against Him. His whole life embodied by His prayer on the cross, “Father forgive them, they know not what they do.”