“But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.”
Isaiah 53:5 ESV
The prophet Isaiah is speaking about the mandate that Jesus will carry out for humanity. There are several words in this scripture worth noting. Bear with me as I define each word to really grasp what the prophet Isaiah was giving us insight to.
In this scripture, Isaiah is letting us know Jesus will be violently slayed for our lawlessness that leads us to a moral distortion. What is lawlessness? Simply put, rebellion. When we are given a boundary to operate in and we choose to overstep the set boundary, we are willingly going against the law set before us. This is rebellion. If we go back to our Greek definition of transgression, it means to overstep. If we are choosing to overstep/rebel against the set boundaries, we are now bending what should be a straight path to a crooked, perverse one.
Let’s picture a set path for each one of us. This path is marked with certain boundaries unique to our calling/purpose according to the Kingdom of God, while here on Earth. When we choose to overstep (rebel against) these boundaries, we are choosing to deviate (go astray) from the set path. The path we are on is no longer straight, but crooked, bent in a different direction due to our rebellion. Our focus scripture tells us, this is exactly what Jesus died for us to overcome.
Chastisement is the act of castigating; to punish someone. The Latin root of chastise is castigare. Castigare means to make pure or to keep right. Jesus was punished in order to make us pure, keep us right on the path set before us that we would not go astray/overstep the boundaries set for us to follow. The focus scripture ends by giving us a consequence to what Jesus did for us. “…upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.” The consequence of his sacrificial love for us is peace and healing. Wow, he’s being punished for our brokenness and in return we relish in peace (something the world cannot give) and healing (a supernatural wholeness only God can bring).
They are always angry – bent. They are always sad – bent. They are always worried – bent. They are always overspending – bent. What bent is Jesus reminding you has been paid for already? What rebellion does he want you to overcome through his sacrifice? What worry keeps plaguing you when you have inherited peace?
“He personally carried our sin in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed.” (1 Pet. 2:24)
Dear Heavenly Father, no words of gratitude could ever fully express the weight of what you did for me on the cross. I am a sinner who rebels against your laws in my flesh. I am a sinner who has character bends that do not embody who you represent. Forgive me Lord and wash me clean. I choose the healing and mercy that has already been bought with the heftiest price ever known in existence. I praise you for all you have done for me. In your holy name I pray. Amen!