“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.” Isaiah 53:5 NIV
Although it was written 800 years before the birth of Christ, the entire chapter of Isaiah chapter 53, gives a stunningly accurate description of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Throughout the chapter we see the vicarious sacrifice of Jesus explained from a theological standpoint as well as a detailed prophesy about how the sacrifice would take place.
Verse 53:5 is one of the most poignant. It juxtaposes the punishment given to Jesus with the grace displayed toward us, the sinner. I see three themes in this verse which we should be mindful of: our transgressions, his suffering, and our peace and healing. Each of these three deserves our attention as we move toward Easter.
Our transgressions: The very next verse says, “we all like sheep have gone astray”. What specific areas in your life are “astray” right now?
His suffering: This was the suffering that was intended as the punishment for our sins. Romans 6:23 “the wages of sin is death.” Read Isaiah 52:13-53:12. Reflect on the suffering that was endured on your behalf.
Our healing: The punishment is finished, the wrath satisfied. How have you been healed by the grace of God? In what ways do you now have peace as a believer in Jesus Christ? Rejoice in these!