But he was pierced for our transgressions,Isaiah 53:5-6 NIV
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
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.
We set aside Good Friday to remember the cross and the one who hung there for us. So this song of the Suffering Servant is worth reading and meditating on today. As Christians, we believe that Isaiah’s ‘suffering servant’ was Jesus, the only begotten Son of God. The one who went to the cross for us, bearing our sins and paying the penalty for them in our place.
By His Wounds
Throughout this song, we find the substitutionary nature of Jesus’ death on the cross vividly portrayed.
- He was pierced and crushed for my sin.
- His wounds brought healing to me.
- God laid my iniquity upon him.
I was the sheep that had gone astray, turning to my own way and deserving death. And it was Jesus who went to the cross, paying the price to restore me to the fold.
So, take time to read this song, Isaiah 52:13-53:12, and meditate on its words. Remember the one who died in your place so that you might have life. And give thanks that God loved you so much that he gave his only Son so that you might have eternal life (John 3:16).