Read Isaiah 53:1-12
Israel was in a tight spot. They’d been exiled and held captive in a far away land. When they returned, they found their homeland in ruins. Jerusalem lay decimated from the conquest, and the people were beyond despair.
So the Lord used His prophet Isaiah to bring hope to His people. He stepped in with a word of hope, the promised Word, who would become flesh some 700 years later and bring forever-salvation and peace that would endure throughout all generations. Even ours.
For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. (Is. 53:12)
What the prophet said had not yet come to pass, but he spoke as if it had already happened. That’s how sure God’s promise was. That’s how certain His Word.
Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows . . . But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. (Is. 53:4-5)
A Savior was coming. Hope was on its way. Messiah, Jesus Christ, would come and rescue His people, not only from despair and captivity, but from the guilt of their own sin.
. . . and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. (Is. 53:6b)
The Word God promised would bear the guilt of Israel. Every one of my faults. Every one of yours. He would be “led like a lamb to the slaughter.” (Is. 53:7) He would be stricken and crushed by God Himself (vv 8,10). Though blameless and righteous through and through, this Servant, Messiah, would become a guilt offering (v10). And God’s chosen people — the people of Israel and you and even me — would be offered peace, because of God’s plan (v 5).
(B)y his wounds we are healed. (Is. 53:5)
It’s easy to read this incredible prophecy and forget it was just that. I can look at it’s truth and gloss over the fact that it was spoken hundreds of years before it took place. But we can see throughout Scripture, God has always had a plan. A plan to prosper His people. A plan to save us and bring us to Himself. God had worked out every single detail before the foundations of the earth were laid. So that we might have life and peace.