The man of sorrows
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. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all. Isaiah 53:4-6 NLT
From the text, Isaiah brings us to the heart of God’s message. He is telling us the reason why the Messiah has to come. It was because of our sins that Jesus will go through the punishments at the cross, though He did not deserve them. They were not His sorrows but ours. “He was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins.” Sins must be paid for they cannot just be swept under the rug. God cannot just condone or turn a blind eye for the sins we have committed. Someone must pay the price. This is what the Lord Jesus Christ did; the unbearable weight of sin was placed upon Him. This was done because of God’s love. “For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:21). What is God saying to you when He was hanging at the cross? You have to look at His death by faith and realize He did it all for you because He loves you. “He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.” The blood of Jesus Christ was shed on the cross taking all the guilt created by our sins so He can made us whole. He took all the punishments we were supposed to face so we can have inner peace. He took the stripes supposed to be given to us so that in Him we could have life. And yet, we still ignore Him and continue to find remedies that will not amount to anything for they will fall short. “All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own.” He calls you to come to Him; believe Him and entrust your life to Him.