Isaiah 53 is probably one of the most well known chapters in Isaiah. The poetry is beautiful, particularly due to the subject matter.
It is so clear from this passage that the Messiah would be a suffering servant, not a military victor, and yet the latter is what the Jews were expecting, and the majority of them refused to accept Isaiah 53's Messiah.
How often are we too, blinded by what we want to see, rather than what is true?
Jesus was the only perfect and innocent human being who ever lived, and yet He willingly took on the sins of the entire world, along with yours and mine. He took the punishment we deserved. And truly, the most difficult part of it for Jesus must have been when His Father poured out all His holy wrath on His Son. We simply do not grasp the seriousness of sin enough to truly comprehend how terrible that would have been.
the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all....it was the will of the Lord to crush him
I am so thankful Jesus was willing to humble Himself like that for me! So thankful that with everlasting love [He] will have compassion on [me]. And yet, how quickly we take it for granted or live as though it is insignificant to us.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Isaiah 56-58, Mark 13:21-37