14 day plan

Signposts to Christ from Isaiah

Day 9 of 14

Isaiah 53:5-6

5 But because of our sins he was wounded,

beaten because of the evil we did.

We are healed by the punishment he suffered,

made whole by the blows he received.

6 All of us were like sheep that were lost,

each of us going his own way.

But the Lord made the punishment fall on him,

the punishment all of us deserved.

Reflection:  All of us need saving. There is not one of us that has not been hurt or wounded, physically or emotionally. We need a Saviour.  Isaiah describes a person who willingly took the punishment of another. He did it so that others could be restored and made whole. Even though in many ways the people’s own rebellion caused their problems. The people that Isaiah was addressing were in exile.  Life without Christ is also a kind of exile. Christ took on the alienation from God caused by our rebellion. He did it so we can be made whole. This passage in Isaiah is like a
signpost pointing to this work of Christ on our behalf. Using the words of this servant, Christ offers us healing and wholeness.

Questions: What areas in our lives need healing and restoration? What steps can we take to invite Christ’s healing into these areas?

Prayer: Lord, we thank you for the healing and restoration that is offered to us in Christ. Give us the courage to seek your healing and wholeness in our lives and relationships.

Isaiah 53:1-12

1 The people reply,

“Who would have believed what we now report?

Who could have seen the Lord's hand in this?

2It was the will of the Lord that his servant

grow like a plant taking root in dry ground.

He had no dignity or beauty

to make us take notice of him.

There was nothing attractive about him,

nothing that would draw us to him.

3We despised him and rejected him;

he endured suffering and pain.

No one would even look at him—

we ignored him as if he were nothing.

4 “But he endured the suffering that should have been ours,

the pain that we should have borne.

All the while we thought that his suffering

was punishment sent by God.

5 But because of our sins he was wounded,

beaten because of the evil we did.

We are healed by the punishment he suffered,

made whole by the blows he received.

6 All of us were like sheep that were lost,

each of us going his own way.

But the Lord made the punishment fall on him,

the punishment all of us deserved.

7 “He was treated harshly, but endured it humbly;

he never said a word.

Like a lamb about to be slaughtered,

like a sheep about to be sheared,

he never said a word.

8He was arrested and sentenced and led off to die,

and no one cared about his fate.

He was put to death for the sins of our people.

9 He was placed in a grave with those who are evil,

he was buried with the rich,

even though he had never committed a crime

or ever told a lie.”

10The Lord says,

“It was my will that he should suffer;

his death was a sacrifice to bring forgiveness.

And so he will see his descendants;

he will live a long life,

and through him my purpose will succeed.

11After a life of suffering, he will again have joy;

he will know that he did not suffer in vain.

My devoted servant, with whom I am pleased,

will bear the punishment of many

and for his sake I will forgive them.

12 And so I will give him a place of honor,

a place among the great and powerful.

He willingly gave his life

and shared the fate of evil men.

He took the place of many sinners

and prayed that they might be forgiven.”