Substitute #4 – The Substitute
Katrina Young | Nursery & Pre-K Director
Recently my son went through a very difficult time in his young adult life. It was a time of brokenness and pain that seemed unbearable for him. As a parent, I can honestly say his suffering was unbearable for me to watch. I felt as though I could feel every hurt that he felt, and I cried every tear that he cried. Watching your child go through such a difficult time is heart wrenching, I would have done anything to take that pain from him and endure it myself to save him from it.
When our children are hurting, we hurt; when they grieve, we grieve. It is just what parents do. It is hard to imagine a greater love than what we know as parents for our children. Our heavenly Father’s love for us exceeds anything that we can imagine when we understand that He sacrificed His son to take our place on the cross. When Jesus stepped in on our behalf, He became sin for us so that we would not have to suffer the consequences of it. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says, “For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.”
Although it was impossible and inappropriate for me as a parent to step in and take his suffering upon myself, I still think about it. God is using the suffering to fulfill His will and plan for His ultimate good. Jesus prayed as He anguished in the garden of Gethsemane, “Father, if it be Your will, let this cup pass from me, but Your will be done.” Jesus knew the suffering He was about to endure would produce death but in turn provide eternal life to all who put their trust in Him. He Himself died for our sins, He stepped in and took our place. 1 Peter 5:24 says, “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.” By His wounds, you have been healed. His purpose was different from mine, as much as I love my son I only wanted to take his pain from him. God’s purpose in sacrificing His son was to save us from the penalty of sin and death. Rom 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”