Pierced, Crushed and Punished. For us.
Isaiah 53:4-6 Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. 6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
This short, famous, stanza lies at the centre and climax (since the song is a chiasm) of the final Servant Song in Isaiah. Stunning words written more than 700 years before the birth of Jesus and yet clearly about Him.
Isaiah speaks of the punitive substitutionary death that the Servant suffers on behalf of His people. Whereas the first Servant Songs may possibly refer, in part, to the entire nation of Israel this can certainly not be said of Isa. 52:13-53:12. The Servant clearly suffers on behalf of the people as their representative and figurative "father" (see 53:10).
The New Testament (texts such as John 12:38; Rom. 15:21, 16:25; 1Peter 2:22ff. etc.) clearly identifies Jesus as this same suffering one.
And so we see that this awful Friday is, in fact, a very Good Friday for by placing our confidence in Him and His incredible suffering we are brought to peace with God and healed.
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