But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
The book of Isaiah is one that proves the authenticity of the Bible as the Word of God. So many fulfilled prophecies contained in Isaiah are accurate; who reads and meditates must be convinced that the Bible is inspired by God. From talking about the roundness of the earth (Isaiah 40:22) to name by name Cyrus king of Persia (Isaiah 44:28 and 45:1) about a century before his existence, Isaiah is a sample of what God advances through His servants the prophets to the knowledge of all. But most striking is what Isaiah prophesied about Jesus seven centuries before his first coming to Earth, an example of which is Isaiah 53:5-6.
Reflecting on what he says Isaiah 53:5-6 have to look in the proper perspective what Jesus did on the cross. The American pastor Charles F. Stanley (1932- ) has said. “The seriousness of sin is revealed by the immense cost of Atonement, the death penalty, and must be paid by the guilty, or an acceptable substitute.” The only acceptable substitute for Atonement is Jesus Christ; no one else besides him could die for the sins of the whole world.
Charles F. Stanley continues: “Only through the vicarious death of the perfect Son of God, the Father has a legitimate basis to forgive anyone who comes to Him in faith and repentance.” Our conscience must tell us that we are sinners; we violated systematically the Law of God. As sinners we were forever outside the presence of a holy God. The wages of sin is death, and that really is all deserved by every human being. Jesus died in your place and mine and the only way to obtain forgiveness and repenting is having faith in Jesus Christ.
The American preacher and writer Max Lucado (1955- ) said: “If Christ had not covered us with His grace, each of us would be overdrawn on his account.” Friend you hear or read me, God owes us anything to us, you and I who are indebted to him. And we are all indebted to God, firstly because we have violated His Law sinning. Every sin is a debt. We also are indebted to God because He paid our bill to give His Son in exchange for paying them.
Swiss theologian Francis Turretin (1623-1687) said: “The gospel teaches that what was not in us and should be found in another, can be found only in Christ, the God-man, who to take upon him the office guarantor fully satisfied the justice of God through His perfect obedience, giving us the only eternal justice that we can be justified.”
As Isaiah 53:5-6 says: All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way. No one can claim innocent because we are all guilty. Sin has been the lifestyle of every human being. Therefore, what we deserve, no doubt, is the death penalty for our sins. When you see the cross of Christ, he thinks that whoever was you had to be there. Yes, and I and every man and woman born into this world. With His death, Jesus paid for the sins of each of us. But to be part of His forgiveness, we need repentance and faith in Him. Do it now! God bless you.