One young academically excellent person went to apply for a managerial position in a big company. He passed the first interview, the director who did the last interview made the last decision.
The Director discovered from the CV that the youth’s academic achievements were excellent all the way. The Director asked, `Did you obtain any scholarships in school?’ the youth answered `none’. The Director asked `Was it your father who paid for your school fees?’ `My father passed away when I was one year old, it was my mother who paid for my school fees.’
The Director asked, `Where did your mother work?’ The youth answered, `My mother worked as clothes cleaner.’ The Director requested the youth to show his hands. The youth showed a pair of hands that were smooth and perfect.
The Director asked, `Have you ever helped your mother wash the clothes before?’ The youth answered, `Never, my mother always wanted me to study and read more books. Furthermore, my mother can wash clothes faster than me.’
The Director said, `I have a request. When you go back today, go and clean your mother’s hands, and then see me tomorrow morning.’
The youth felt that his chance of landing the job was high. When he went back, he happily requested his mother to let him clean her hands. His mother felt strange, happy but with mixed feelings, she showed her hands to the kid. The youth cleaned his mother’s hands slowly. His tear fell as he did that. It was the first time he noticed that his mother’s hands were so wrinkled and there were so many bruises in her hands. Some bruises were so painful that his mother shivered when they were cleaned with water.
This was the first time the youth realized that it was this pair of hands that washed the clothes everyday to enable him to pay the school fee. The bruises in the mother’s hands were the price that the mother had to pay for his graduation and his future.
The same way Jesus lost his his appearance for our sake, for our sins, for our peace.
“…He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.He was despised and rejected by men,a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.Like one from whom men hide their face she was despised, and we esteemed him not.Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God,smitten by him, and afflicted.But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him,and by his wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53:2-5
Christ died for our sins 1 Corinthians 15:3