The Word of God is not intended to entertain. Now, I like being entertained. It’s easy, it’s comfortable, it makes me feel good. But in reading Isaiah 53 this morning, my response was not one of being entertained. Instead, I was speechless and humbled.
Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted.
But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed.
All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him.Isaiah 53:4-6
Isaiah 53 speaks of the suffering servant, who is Jesus. He is stricken, smitten, afflicted, pierced, crushes, whipped – all for you and me. I’m speechless by this act of deep love. I’m humbled that I am the one who benefits from His sacrifice. My sin, my iniquities, my transgressions deserve this amount of affliction, because my sin is horrendous!
But God is loving to send His only Son to die in my place, to carry my sins.
By His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many, As He will bear their iniquities.Isaiah 53:11b
That’s not entertaining. I feel horrible, not good, about my sin. But that is truth that is needed, truth that saves. Is Jesus your Savior? Have you been healed by His loving sacrifice? If not, call on Jesus Christ today. Believe in Him who died on the cross in your place and rose again. Start with humility but end in rejoicing!