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.
Good Friday is a day we set aside to remember the cross and the one who hung there for us. This song of the Suffering Servant is one that is worth reading and meditating on today. As Christians, we believe that this ‘suffering servant’ of Isaiah 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.
Throughout this song we find vividly portrayed the substitutionary nature of Jesus’ death on the cross. He was pierced and crushed for our sin; by his wounds we are healed; God laid our iniquity upon him. Jesus took my place on the cross. I was the sheep that had gone astray, turning to my own way, and deserving death. And it was Jesus who paid the price to restore me to the fold.
Take time today 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).