“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. 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.” Isaiah 53:5-6
In this day of advanced technology and the interpersonal relationships of the internet, I have some very precious friends who I have never met face to face (one I have met once quite some time ago when I visited California). These women are every bit as important to me as friends I’ve known all my life; I love them like sisters. Once in a while, I get an email from one of them that is lengthy and covers a few subjects. Since I want to address every subject, I answer within their letter and highlight my comments in a different color. I’d like to do that today with this verse.
Contemplating the events of Holy Week, the most important week in Christian history, I often pray that God will reveal something new and different to me. This morning, I read Isaiah 53:5-6, one of the prophetic messages of Jesus’ sacrificial death. “He [Jesus] was pierced for our transgressions (the violation of a law, principle, or duty), He was crushed for our iniquities (Gross immorality or injustice; wickedness) the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed (to restore to health or soundness; cure; to ease or relieve emotional distress; to set right; repair). We all, like (dumb) 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. Isaiah 53:5-6 As always, God did not disappoint!
Gotta tell you, I was surprised by the vast difference between transgressions and iniquities; in this case, I had always just thought, “oh yeah… sin is sin.” Yet, the definition of sin that I used through college is “a deliberate choice to disobey a known law of God” fits perfectly with the definition of transgressions the definition for iniquities (the word gross made me shudder) is quite shocking. The definition of healing is just beautiful, isn’t it? Thanks Lord that you so completely heal us, either physically or spiritually by calling us home! (btw – if you don’t already know, “google” sheep ~ being compared to them is not too flattering 🙂.
Stripes and scars mean the world to me;
symbols of love and a victory.
Jesus, my Lord, paid the price and set me free;
stripes and scars mean the world to me.
By His stripes ~ I am healed.
By His wounds ~ I’m made whole.
Through His cross ~ I am free;
His stripes and scars mean the world to me!
(lyrics from Ken Blount Ministries)
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