10 Aug Isaiah 53:1-6

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53 Who has believed our message? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, And like a root out of parched ground; He has no stately form or majesty That we should look upon Him, Nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him. He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed. All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him.

Isaiah 53 tells us that Jesus suffered for us as He bore the sin of the world. He suffered rejection and He suffered pain. Verses 1 – 3 uses the words stricken, smitten, afflicted, wounded, and bruised to describe what He endured. Basically, He was beaten to a pulp, and He did it all for us. Yes, He took our sins and our sorrows. Through His punishment, we have peace and through His wounds, we are healed. Matthew used this passage when he recorded his account of the healing ministry of Jesus. (Matthew 8:17) What you must understand is that His suffering works. Our sins are forgiven, we are made whole and we can stop straying and be at home with Jesus. How does the suffering of Jesus effect your attitude toward sin?