“He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5)
Jesus was bruised. He was made black and blue for you. Not by an accident, but by His own pre-determined will to suffer for our iniquities; our weaknesses, our propensity for error; our anger, our stubbornness, our stumbling and mumbling, and complaining. He was bruised for our conceit, deceit, hate and prejudice.
Jesus was severely bruised for our lies, curses, profanities, and pointing of our fingers. He was made black and blue for our lust, greed, selfishness and vain ambitions.
Jesus was punched in the mouth, spat on, mocked, and bruised with thorns for a crown upon His head. Black and blue, bloodied and swollen, He opened not His mouth.
Bruised for our iniquities, our bruising from sin. Bruised for our bruising, He took it all away. He Who knew no sin became sin that we might become the Righteousness of God in Him. (cf. II Corinthians 5:21). “The reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon Me” (Psalms 69:9b; Romans 15:3).
“He was despised and rejected of men, a Man of Sorrows, and acquainted with grief. We hid as it were our faces from Him; He was despised, and we esteemed Him not” (Isaiah 53:3).
Jesus: Black and Blue. . . for You; and with His stripes You are Healed.