Monday, December 08, 2008

Isaiah 53:5

But he was wounded for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his stripes we are healed.

(ESV)
This is it. In this verse is the salvation of all of mankind. It is the gospel message, clear and simple, from Isaiah.

Going through this verse, so we don't miss a thing:

Why was He wounded? For our transgressions. The word "transgressions" is referring to our rebellion. We are rebelling against God. The word "wounded" is referring to a fatal wound. It could also be translated "pierced through."

Why was He crushed? For our iniquities. The word "iniquities" is referring to our depravity. We are totally depraved. The word "crushed" literally means crushed or broken.

What did this chastisement bring? Peace for us. The word "peace" is referring to our "wholeness, completeness, or soundness." Chastisement is talking about "Discipline." Understand it this way. Discipline brings a restored wholeness. He was disciplined for us. This fixes that rebellion problem.

What did His stripes bring? Healing for us. The word "healing" is literally referring to health, which we are in desperate need of because of our depravity. The word "stripes" is referring to the stripes or scourging.

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