Isaiah 53:4-6

4 Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. 6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. 

 

If there was any doubt that Isaiah 52:13-53:12 is not pointing to Jesus Christ then verses 4-6 should aid you in your belief that it is all about Jesus Christ. Verses 4-6 is clearly the crucifixion of our Savior. Jesus bore our suffering, pierced for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities, and brought us peace with God. This is the work of Christ on our behalf. It is Christ atoning for our sins for we could not atone for them ourselves. What a great savior. What a magnificent picture of love, grace, and mercy of God almighty.  

 

This is not a very flattering picture of us human beings. In a few words the prophet is letting the world know there is a problem between heaven and earth. Perhaps God would say, “Earth we have a problem and it’s you.” Yesterday we delved into God's word. In this passage Isaiah points out the root of the problem not the symptom. The symptom is not listening and therefore not obeying. The root of this problem is we have hearts that are wayward. We want our way. We like or should I say love our way as opposed to doing life God’s way.  

 

This theme of people wanting their own way is well documented in the New Testament when Paul states in Romans 3:23, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Because of this heart problem in all humanity of not glorifying God, we need help. This is why God sent His Son. Notice the next part of the verse, “...and the Lord laid on him the iniquity of us all.” The problem is that we have not lived up to God’s standard and therefore we have fallen short, the Bible calls this problem sin. Isaiah 53 is a Messanic passage which means it is about Jesus. Furthermore it reveals how the Messiah is going to make us whole again.  

 

Questions for personal consideration:  

  1. What are some of the things that cause you to go wayward? 

  2. When was the last time you called out to God to heal your heart from those things that cause you to stumble. 

 

Questions for family discussion: 

  1. When do you find it hardest to do what someone tells you to do? 

  2. What are some ways you could improve the way you respond to others requests and especially God’s commands.  

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