My husband has been preaching consecutively through the book of Psalms during our mid-week service now for the past few years. This past week, he preached on Psalm 103. In the handout for the sermon, he included a powerful piece focusing on the theme of Isaiah 53.5 by James Smith entitled, “Looking Upon the Pierced One” (1860).

For me, it assaulted my pride and brought a sickening sense in the pit of my stomach of the horror of the reality that, as much as I might like to look down my nose at the human instruments God used to put Jesus on the cross, I confess that in my flesh I am really not entirely different than they:

Pierced! WHO pierced Him? WE did–and pierced Him to the heart! Nor were we satisfied with piercing Him once–for we have pierced Him often, and pierced Him through and through! Our unbelief pierces Him; our ingratitude pierces Him; the coldness of our love pierces him; our forgetfulness pierces Him; our preferring the world to Him pierces Him; our disobedience to His Word pierces Him; and our doubting of His love pierces Him!

It was WE who pierced Him on Calvary! We put the nails and the hammer into the hands of the executioners! We put the spear into the hand of the Roman soldier! Yes, it was we who … gathered thorns, picked out the sharpest, formed them into a mock crown, thrust it on His head, and with the staff beat the thorns into His temples!

See, see, there He hangs! Pierced in His head, hands, feet, and side–pierced FOR us–pierced BY us! Look, my soul, at the pierced One!


About Elizabeth

I am a sinner, saved by grace striving to increase in the knowledge of my Savior and His precious Word each day. The reader should know that there are a few presuppositions with which I approach this blog: 1) I believe in the biblical gospel, which basically purports that all mankind is born under the curse of sin (due to the sin of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden). Therefore, man is separated from God and can have no relationship with God because He is perfectly holy, not even able to look upon sin. Unfortunately, God is also perfectly just and must not only separate Himself from sin, but must also punish it. In order to reconcile man to Himself, God, the Father, sent God, the Son, down to earth to live as a man and take our sins upon Himself on the cross. While on the cross, God, the Son, bore the full weight of the wrath of God, the Father, against our sins in order that we who believe in Him might be set free from the curse of our sin. God, the Son, Jesus Christ, died as a propitiation for our sin in order to appease God, the Father's, holy and just character, redeem us from sin, and reconcile those who believe in this gospel to God, the Father. 2) I am primarily writing to those who already believe in this biblical gospel. In other words, this blog is not focused on evangelizing the lost, but edifying believers. 3) I believe that the Christian Bible is the very word of God. Therefore, it is completely inerrant, infallible, sufficient, and authoritative in the life of a believer.
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