I have to memorize Isaiah 53:1-6 for school this week, and I am having difficulties memorizing it.
So, I stopped to think about it....
Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hid their faces, he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we consider him stricken by God, smitten by Him, and afflicted. But He was pierced for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities. The punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquities of us all.
When God was here, he wasn't this supernatural thing dressed in white, floating around. He was walking around like a normal man. Not very many people knew that He was the 'Messiah'. He was despised and people didn't look twice at Him. Yet, He took up our sins and carried our sorrows, and died on the cross for OUR sins. He didn't do a thing. He was perfect! Think about that. He is the Son of God, yet people spit in His face and hung Him on a cross. I learned in my Bible curriculum last week that while Jesus was on the cross, He was in hell, conquering it. That's why He said 'God, Why have you forsaken Me'. Wow...He must really love us..
There is also a song about verse 5...
'He was pierced for our transgression, crushed for our sins. The punishment that brought us peace, was upon Him.
By His wounds, By His wounds we are healed.
We are healed by Your sacrifice, and the life that you gave.
We are healed for You paid the price, and by Your grace we are saved, we are saved.
What can wash away my sin, nothing but the blood of Jesus.
-'By His Wounds' sung by Brian Littrell, Mac Powell, Mark Hall and Steven Curtis Chapman