4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
Read Isaiah 53 again. This chapter prophesied the coming, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. But this is also a prophecy about us.
Because He died so many years ago, we can easily forget that we were there with Him. I am the reason He came. I am the reason He died. It was for my sins He suffered on that cross. This is a hard fact to take for those of us who have grown to love Him so.
These verses contrast the passion of His death for our sins with the passionless apathy of our living. As believers we know He took the guilt of all our sins, including our apathy, upon himself, and paid our debt to justice. “YET he opened not his mouth:” What a Savior!
For many this may seem like a strange, even sadistic phrase: “Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him;” But this disconnect is born from a misunderstanding of what really happened on the Cross. Final, absolute, holy justice was poured out upon Jesus as He hung on that cross. It was poured upon Him by God the Father. It was poured for me...
"By his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many.” One Hebrew scholar said justify means: “to make a guilty person, who the law has officially declared guilty, not guilty.“ I need this justification like a dying man needs life.
We hid our faces from Him. Now... look at Him... try to understand what He did, and why He did it. I have looked, and I will never be the same.