Something bad only happened to a good man once. Only once did a righteous man suffer. The term ‘Holocaust’ originally referred to the burning or destruction of something holy, before it was redefined to refer to the Jews fate at the hands of the Nazis. Jesus Christ is the only holy, good and righteous man in the existence of the world. For all have sinned, but Christ is righteous. While we are made to be like Christ, He is the Head, the Cornerstone, the Firstborn.
A sacrifice was needed to effect the salvation of the elect. God’s justice prohibited them from simply getting off scot-free. Holy Jesus came as a sacrificial lamb to fulfill the blood requirement. Conceptually, the image of the infinite eternal creator of life laying down His life on a hill in Judea is as paradoxical as the perfect, holy, sinless lamb taking on Him the iniquity of us all.
And yet, it happened. This paradox opened the door for the christian to have life in His name. Not only life, but righteousness. Christ’s physical body died, but he did not cease to exist–He satisfied the wrath of God, and as very life itself, death could not hold Him. Through this transaction, He bore our griefs and carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.
In a few hours, Christ’s infinite nature absorbed the wrath of God towards His adopted children, bearing the full force of the brute of its fury. His infinite worth propitiated the wrath of God towards us. Then, it was finished. The work was done. The Holocaust was over.