Today on Good Friday, I was planning to write on Isaiah 53, but I just looked through some old blog posts and realized I pretty much already wrote it last year, so here it is again…
Below is arguably the most recognized prophecy concerning the Crucifixion of Christ found in Isaiah and I think it’s especially timely this week. It’s also especially beautiful. A helpful insight I found from the notes is my Bible (LOVE the notes in my Bible) says:
“In Christ’s suffering and death, He bore more than our sins. The penalty for sin is death, but Christ did not need to suffer as He did to provide atonement. This chapter tells us why he suffered. He suffered to bear our griefs and sorrows (v. 4) and He suffered for our peace and healing (v. 5).
Surely atonement for sin is our greatest need; yet God, sending his Son to suffer and die, provided more than an escape from judgment; He provided abundant life beginning today. (John 10:10)”
“My servant grew up in the Lord’s presence like a tender green shoot, like a root in dry ground. There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him. He was despised and rejected—a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care.
Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.
All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all.
He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth. Unjustly condemned, he was led away. No one cared that he died without descendants, that his life was cut short in midstream. But he was struck down for the rebellion of my people. He had done no wrong and had never deceived anyone. But he was buried like a criminal; he was put in a rich man’s grave.
But it was the Lord’s good plan to crush him and cause him grief. Yet when his life is made an offering for sin, he will have many descendants. He will enjoy a long life, and the Lord’s good plan will prosper in his hands. When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish, he will be satisfied. And because of his experience, my righteous servant will make it possible, for many to be counted righteous, for he will bear all their sins. I will give him the honors of a victorious soldier, because he exposed himself to death. He was counted among the rebels. He bore the sins of many and interceded for rebels.”
Isaiah 53 (New Living Translation)
Thank you Lord for the undeserving gift of your Son!
Every time I read this, the song “By His Wounds,” comes in my head, so I included Glory Revealed’s version below:
If you don’t have either of the Glory Revealed CDs, I STRONGLY recommend them. It’s a worship compilation from various Christian artists. And yes, that is former Backstreet Boy, Brian Littrell, who has since crossed over into the Contemporary Christian realm . I always knew he was my favorite!
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