“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.”
Isaiah 53:4-5 NLT
How could an Old Testament person understand the idea of Christ dying for our sins—actually bearing the punishment that we deserved? The sacrifices suggested this idea, but it is one thing to kill a lamb, and something quite different to think of God’s chosen servant as that Lamb. But God was pulling aside the curtain of time to let the people of Isaiah’s day look ahead to the suffering of the future Messiah and the resulting forgiveness made available to all people.
“borne . . . carried. Even though the verbs are past tense, they predict happenings future to Isaiah’s time, i.e., “prophetic perfects” in Hebrew here and elsewhere in this Servant-song. Isaiah was saying that the Messiah would bear the consequences of the sins of men, namely the griefs and sorrows of life, though incredibly the Jews who watched him die thought he was being punished by God for his own sins. Matthew found an analogical fulfillment of these words in Jesus’ healing ministry (see notes on Matt. 8:16–17), because sickness results from sin for which the Servant paid with his life (Isa. 53:7–8; cf. 1 Pet. 2:24). In eternity, all sickness will be removed, so ultimately it is included in the benefits of the atonement.
“wounded for our transgressions . . . crushed for our iniquities.” This verse is filled with the language of substitution. The Servant suffered not for his own sin, since he was sinless (cf. Heb. 4:15; 7:26), but as the substitute for sinners. The emphasis here is on Christ being the substitute recipient of God’s wrath on sinners (cf. 2 Cor. 5:21; Gal. 1:3–4; Heb. 10:9–10). Chastisement that brought us peace. He suffered the chastisement of God in order to procure our peace with God. with his stripes we are healed. The stripe (the Hebrew noun is singular) that caused his death has brought salvation to those for whose sins he died. Peter confirms this in 1 Pet. 2:24. (Life Applications Study Bible)
Consider this for a moment. Isaiah was written about 700 years before Christ. Consider technology then, would people of the time have believed what Isaiah was saying. Would you believe and listen to someone that talks about events 700 years from now? Let’s not forget that Isaiah was talking about the coming of the Son of God, not merely just an event. It is by faith and faith alone that we are healed. We must believe.
Let’s change focus for a moment. Listen to what Isaiah is saying. He was explaining what Jesus is going to do for us on the cross.
He carried our weaknesses, I am sure you can relate, we all have weaknesses and insecurities. Jesus took care of those on the cross all we have to do is walk by faith.
It is our sorrows that saddened and weighed on His heart. Jesus knew what was coming. He did that all for us. When I say us, then I mean the whole world, He loves all of us. There is not a single person excluded.
Remember how many times we are warned in life not to assume things. It is the mother of all things that go wrong. Isaiah does the same here he warns and guides us to note that Jesus took that punishment on the cross for us. Then he becomes graphic something we can relate to. “Pierced. crushed, beaten” why so that we can be healed and redeemed to God.
Consider the words of the commentator the people of the time thought Jesus was punished for His sins, yet little did they know that He was enduring all that for us. This all so that we can be freed from our sins. He was whipped so that we can be healed. Again I want to stress not just a select few but all of us, the whole world.
My question is would any of us do this for society. No, I did not think so. God gave His Son what a gift and that for us.
Lord, I am eternally grateful for what You did for us. Amen.”