4 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.
10 Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand.
11 After the suffering of his soul,
he will see the light of life and be satisfied;
by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many,
and he will bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,
and he will divide the spoils with the strong,
because he poured out his life unto death,
and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.
-Isaiah 53:4-6, 10-12
These words speak life to my soul. Jesus Christ offers so much more than legal forgiveness of wrongdoing and sin. He offers complete healing, restoration and resurrection to new life!
He took up our infirmities.
He bore our sin.
He was pierced for our transgressions.
He was crushed for our iniquities.
He carried our sorrows.
By His wounds we are healed.
Sin—sin committed by us and against us—is the root of all our wounds. To think Jesus died a gruesome death on the cross to heal us of the very things which crucified Him is inconceivable!
How many of us still carry sorrows! How many of us still live in shame, regret and guilt! How many of us have yet to experience forgiveness and how many of us have yet to allow Christ to anoint our wounds!
Jesus is calling to us, "Give Me your pain, shame, and sin. Allow Me to carry your sorrow. Allow Me to take up your infirmity. Allow Me to bear your iniquity."
"For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need" (Hebrews 4:15-16). Jesus knows all. We do not need to hide from Him. We can enter His presence and acknowledge every sorrow, wound, sin, fear and doubt to Him. In return we can receive His healing Word and new life.
Let us thus approach the throne of grace.