This Messianic prophecy gives the believer something to praise the Lord for and it gives the lost hope for redemption. Jesus is described as despised, held in low esteem, rejected and familiar with pain. This is God they are describing and in His manhood He took a form that was low, humble, and plain. (Verses 1-3). There was no favor on Him, no beauty to attract anyone to Him, and yet this plain man let His Father speak through Him and changed the world. This man saved the world. But it wasn’t easy. It involved anguish.
Verses 4-6 read,
“Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.”
Jesus’ sacrifice paid the price of death for all our sins, because He didn’t have to pay for any sins of His own. But then after that horrible death, crushed and pained for God’s will, He did something even better than sacrifice Himself. He came back to life. He lives, He reigns. He is The One True Living God, King of kings and Lord of lords. Verses 11-12 reads,
“After he has suffered,
he will see the light of life and be satisfied;
by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many,
and he will bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,
and he will divide the spoils with the strong,
because he poured out his life unto death,
and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.”
His death satisfied the cost for your sin. He took your sins and He gives you righteousness in their place. Now He is the intercessor, the mediator between you and The Father so that you can have a relationship with Almighty God.