The Clean for the Unclean
Jesus' suffering "has a much deeper foundation in the gospel than can be established on the ground of the pronouncements that mention it explicitely. The messianic salvation revealed in Christ's coming is not exclusively founded in His authority and supernatural glory, but also in His humiliation and rejection. The whole of the Gospel of the Kingdom must also be qualified as the gospel of the cross, not only on account of Jesus' deliberate pronouncements about His suffering, but also because of the modality of the whole of his messianic self-revelation...
Especially noteworthy is the agreement between Jesus' via dolorosa and the prophecy of the suffering Servant of the Lord in Isaiah 53. Even before this suffering started, this agreement became visible...It is important that in Matthew 8:16-17 Jesus' manifold cures are called the fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah 53:4: "He hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows." Here we find the thought that in His messianic work, Jesus takes over the burden of disease and suffering from men. It is true that in this passage Jesus does not appear as the one who takes this burden on Himself in His suffering (as does the Servant of the LORD in Isaiah 53:4). But the thought of such a transfer is clearly present and is explained in the light of the prophecy of Isaiah 53. " - RidderbosThe Coming of the Kingdom pp. 164-165By virtue of the relationship between sin and sickness (through Adam's rebellion), and the fact that the Scriptures explicitly tell us that He "who knew no sin was made sin for us," and that God substituted "the just for the unjust," we may rightly also affirm that "the clean was made unclean so that the unclean might be made clean."
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