“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. 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.” Isaiah 53:5-6

Remember again that Isaiah wrote these words more than 700 years before Jesus’ death and resurrection. Every one of the hundreds of prophecies about the Messiah by Isaiah and the other Prophets of the Old Testament were fulfilled in the life and death of Jesus Christ … every one of them!

These verses provides a connection to the Day of Atonement, especially the idea of substitutionary atonement for our sin. The repetition of the pronouns He, Him, and His for our and we emphasize the fact that the Servant (Jesus) suffered in our place.

Mankind seemed to race from God in rebellion from the earliest days, yet God placed our guilt on the only One who stayed beside Him, the Servant Jesus. And that Lamb of God (Jesus) received the punishment of the flock that fled. By saying that they were “healed”, Isaiah was referencing the fact that the remnant expressed its faith in what God had earlier announced in 52:13, “He will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted.”

I encourage you to arise each morning with the thought “He is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!” Blessings on your day…

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