April 5 – The Lord Laid on Him the Sins of Us All

Easter Sunday is usually the end of Easter season, but here in Ontario we also have a holiday on Easter Monday. Today, to sum up our Easter experience, we’re going to look at an Old Testament scripture that foretold Jesus’s death for us. It is Bible passages like this one that convince me that the Bible is true. At those low moments that all of us experience at times, when we wonder if God really exists, if He really cares for us … we can’t ignore the accuracy of scripture. Isaiah wrote this 700 years before Jesus came to this world. 

Soak in the verses you are going to read today. They are so accurate in their description of each one of us – and they definitely tell us how much Jesus was willing to endure because of his love for you, for me.

Isaiah 53 New Living Translation (NLT) 

Who has believed our message?
    To whom has the Lord revealed his powerful arm?
My servant grew up in the Lord’s presence like a tender green shoot,
    like a root in dry ground.
There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance,
    nothing to attract us to him.
He was despised and rejected—
    a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief.
We turned our backs on him and looked the other way.
    He was despised, and we did not care.
Yet it was our weaknesses he carried;
    it was our sorrows (also translated sicknesses/diseases) 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.
He was oppressed and treated harshly,
    yet he never said a word.
He was led like a lamb to the slaughter.
    And as a sheep is silent before the shearers,
    he did not open his mouth.
Unjustly condemned,
    he was led away. (Greek version – He was humiliated and received no justice)
No one cared that he died without descendants,
    that his life was cut short in midstream.
But he was struck down
    for the rebellion of my people.
He had done no wrong
    and had never deceived anyone.
But he was buried like a criminal;
    he was put in a rich man’s grave.

10 But it was the Lord’s good plan to crush him
    and cause him grief.
Yet when his life is made an offering for sin,
    he will have many descendants.
He will enjoy a long life,
    and the Lord’s good plan will prosper in his hands.
11 When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish,
    he will be satisfied.
And because of his experience,
    my righteous servant will make it possible
for many to be counted righteous,
    for he will bear all their sins.
12 I will give him the honors of a victorious soldier,
    because he exposed himself to death.
He was counted among the rebels.
    He bore the sins of many and interceded for rebels.

Isn’t this chapter absolutely amazing!  You would think it must be part of the New Testament; it so accurately gives descriptive details of what happened to Jesus. Let’s take another look at those details:

“He was despised and rejected – a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief”

“He was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we cold be healed.”

“he did no open his mouth. Unjustly condemned, he was led away”

“But he was buried like a criminal; he was put in a rich man’s grave”

But even more amazing is the description of what Jesus’ suffering and death means to us.  Again, let’s take another look at those verses:

“But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins.”

“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.”

“ But it was the Lord’s good plan to crush him and cause him grief. Yet when his life is made an offering for sin, he will have many descendants.
He will enjoy a long life, and the Lord’s good plan will prosper in his hands.
When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish, he will be satisfied.
And because of his experience, my righteous servant will make it possible for many to be counted righteous, for he will bear all their sins.
I will give him the honours of a victorious soldier, because he exposed himself to death.
He was counted among the rebels. He bore the sins of many and interceded for rebels.”

This is a chapter I really can’t comment on because everything that needs to be said is written right here.  Go back over this chapter and reread what Isaiah said hundreds of years before it happened and thank God for all He has done for us.

Our song for today is Glorious Day by Casting Crowns

One Reply to “April 5 – The Lord Laid on Him the Sins of Us All”

  1. Thanks, Audrey,for once again reminding us of the great sacrifice Jesus made for us.As often as I have read these scriptures I will never totally understand the immense love God had for us that he would allow his only son to suffer such a painful death to give us eternal life with him.

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