Jesus Took Our sins Upon Himself
Jesus lifted up on the Cross.
Moses makes a serpent and lifts him up. Jesus will be lifted up, like the serpent, to give salvation.
But the crux of the prophecy is precisely that Jesus became sin for us. He did not sin: He made Himself sin. As St Peter says in his Letter: 'He took our sins upon Himself' (cf. 1 Peter 2:24)
And when we look at crucifix, we think of the suffering Lord: all that is true. But we stop before we get to the centre of that truth: at this moment, You seem to be the greatest sinner, You have made Yourself sin. You have taken upon Yourself all our sins, You have annihilated Yourself until now.
The Cross, it is true, is a torment, there is the vengeance of the doctors of the Law, of those who did not want Jesus: all this is true.
But the truth that comes from God is that He came into the world to take our sins upon Himself to the point of becoming sin. All sin.
Our sins are there. We must get used to looking at the crucifix in this light, which is the truest light; it is the light of redemption.
Words Of the Holy Father, Pope Francis
[Source: vaticannews.va / Santa Marta, 31 March 2020]