God Laid Our Sins Upon His Son      

Isaiah 53:6


     It was the Lord God himself who made Christ to be sin for us. "The LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. It pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief." It was Jehovah himself who made his soul an offering for sin. The triune God agreed in the covenant of grace to lay all our sin upon the Son. Sin, the greatest burden in the world, the most obnoxious thing in the universe, the load that must have crushed a world into hell, has been laid upon the God-Man by God's own hand! This great, mighty transfer of sin from the sinner to the sinner's Surety was conceived by infinite wisdom, brought forth by infinite love, ordained by infinite grace and executed by infinite justice.

     None but Jehovah could do this. Who, but God, could lay sin upon God? Who, but God, could punish God for sin? Who, but God, could dispose of sin for the salvation of his people? Some think we lay our sins upon Christ. Man cannot even lay his hand upon the Son of God, much less his sin! If you imagine that your prayers, tears, fastings, mournings, confessions, repentance, and Bible reading can lay your sin off yourself and on Christ, you imagine vanity. You are beating the air! To lay iniquity upon Christ is the work of Jehovah alone.

     GOD THE FATHER laid the sins of his elect upon Christ for the satisfaction of his own justice, so that he might be just and the Justifier of all who believe (II Cor. 5:21). GOD THE SON laid our sins upon himself so that he might redeem us from the curse of the law, put away our sin, and purify a people unto himself (I Pet. 2:24). And GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT lays sin upon Christ in the revelation of the gospel, convincing the called both of their sin and of Christ's finished work by which he put away sin (John 16:8-11). We do not lay our sins upon Christ by faith. By faith we see our sins laid on him, punished in him, and removed by him.

     Faith has nothing to do with the accomplishment of redemption and the putting away of sin. Faith receives what God, in Christ, has done.


Don Fortner