“One way in which the Scripture emphasizes the cost of the cross is to contrast the indignity to which Christ descended on earth with the glory from which He came. God the Son, the immortal, self-existent Word of God, who from all eternity had dwelt in unapproachable light, took the nature of a servant, veiled in human flesh, made in human likeness.
This Jesus suffered the indignity of accusation and condemnation and the shame of crucifixion. His was the tortured soul in Gethsemane, the torn flesh at Calvary. And as thick darkness enveloped the whole land, it was He who was pierced for our transgressions and crushed for our iniquities; His was the punishment that brought us peace; His were the wounds that wrought our healing.”
–Steve Jeffery, Michael Ovey, and Andrew Sach, Pierced For Our Transgressions: Rediscovering the Glory of Penal Substitution (Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway, 2007), 151-2.