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.
Here is a small recap of Isaiah’s main ideas written by She Reads Truth for their 2017 Lent Study:
One of the most profound and beautiful qualities of Isaiah is how filled it is with references to the coming Savior of the world. Isaiah, more than any other book in the Old Testament, describes the coming of Christ in great detail. This prophet tells us about the One born of a virgin, on whom the Lord would lay the iniquity of us all. This Suffering Servant would be our Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace, and by His wounds we shall be healed. He has called us by name; we are His (Isaiah 43:1).
I love how God gave the gift of foretelling to his people. We can go back thousands of years and see his plan being worked out in every aspect of those he created, and Isaiah 53 is no different.
In this chapter we are given an idea of what Christ will endure as he pays for the sins that each and every one of us has committed. If you only refer back to our chosen verse you will see how Christ paid the debt we simply could not.
He was pierced for our transgressions. If you have spent any time in church or have looked upon an image of Jesus on the cross you will know that Jesus was nailed to the boards, which is excruciating for anyone.
He was crushed for our iniquities. I think of this as when his body was hanging there. Inside he was slowly crushing his own lungs and other organs. It became increasingly difficult to breathe.
The punishment that brought us peace was on him.
Since Adam and Eve’s fall in the garden God’s people were separated from him. Jesus’ purpose on earth was to restore the relationship between God and man. Only his suffering, death and resurrection could bring us ultimate peace in God and restore our bond with Him.
By his wounds we are healed. Jesus’ wounds were meant to humiliate him in front of those he had loved and valued. As Christians we know that Jesus’ wounds were necessary for a new covenant to be secured through him for us. His wounds heal our past, our present, and whatever the future holds for us.
His sacrifice never becomes meaningless, it is the perfect gift for all of us to become whole.
It’s easy to join us for the next few weeks while we journal in our bibles. Simply print out the schedule pictured below and use #biblejournalingthroughlent anywhere you post your photo! Bible journaling helps me connect with the verse and story I’m reading. It gives me more time to meditate on God’s word and his love story for all of us.
Here is the schedule for you.
I can’t wait to see your creations!