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.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
– Isaiah 53:5-6
Consider Jesus our Savior. Consider his sacrifice.
Like sheep, we had all wandered away from the Shepherd to do our own thing. We chose the path of selfishness instead of loving God and people. We rebelled against our Creator and King. We chose what was evil and wicked. And all of our sins were laid on Jesus.
Jesus took our sins upon himself there on the cross. He paid the price for our sins. And consider the price for our sins. He was wounded. He was crushed. He bore our punishment, and the stripes we deserved. For us. In our place.
He bore the chastisement that we deserved to bring us peace – peace with God. In Jesus, we are reconciled to God. In Jesus, we can have a relationship with our Creator. We can draw near and commune with him as his children. We can know his daily presence in our lives, and the joy he alone can give.
And by his stripes we are healed, healed from the infection of sin and all its dire consequences. We are healed from the guilt of sin which was paid on the cross. We are healed from the power of sin, so we can live a new life with Jesus. And we will one day be healed from the presence of sin and all of its results. When Jesus returns, there will be no more sin, no more sorrow, no more sickness, no more suffering, no more pain, no more death.
Consider Jesus our Savior. Consider his sacrifice to pay for our sins to bring us peace with God and healing from sin.
Father, thank you for Jesus who paid the price for my sins.
Help me to live in the peace and healing that was purchased for me,
even as I look toward the day of final healing when Jesus returns.