Boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter died Sunday at the age of 76. Carter was a contender for the middleweight title in the 1960s, but his promising career came to an abrupt end when he was accused of murder. Carter was wrongly convicted and spent 19 years in prison before he was finally exonerated.
It gets our attention when an innocent man has to pay the price for someone else’s crime.
This reminds us of the fact that Jesus was convicted and sentenced to die, even though he never did anything wrong. When Jesus was brought before Pilate in John 18 & 19, Pilate exclaimed multiple times that he could find no basis for the charges against Jesus.
We know that Jesus, even though he was innocent, had to go to the cross and pay for our sins. Isaiah 53: 5 says, “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.”