Great Gospel Texts – Old Testament

Isaiah 53:5

He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities, and the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes, we are healed.

I love the last three words: ‘we are healed’!

They give assurance and hope, and tell us there is an answer to the brokenness we face in our lives. An answer that is full, final and free, because of a loving Saviour.

This is the good news we find in the Gospel!

Healed from the brokenness of sin

We can be broken in many ways, but sin is at the root of all brokenness, and it is healing at the root that we are reading of here. We might not want to think about sin, and would just be grateful if God could heal our broken relationships, our broken bodies, minds …

Now, let’s say that God does heal your broken relationship. If the root is left untouched, still diseased, for sin is just like a dreadful disease, then it won’t be long before brokenness manifests itself in your life once again in some manner.

No, the good news of the Gospel, is that God would like to deal with the very root of the problem, our sin, and when we have been healed spiritually from our sin, and have been made right with God, then a much deeper and fuller healing can take place in other aspects of our lives.

How can this healing take place?

Healing can only take place because of Him!

But who, you ask, is ‘He’?

He is the one who ‘was wounded for our transgressions’. He it is who ‘was bruised for our iniquities’. Indeed, healing cannot take place only because of Him, but because of ‘His stripes’.

So, who is ‘He’?

He is the One whom the passage (Isa 52:13-53:12) speaks of as the Servant of the LORD, who while being humble and obedient unto death, is also high and lifted up. He is the One who occupies the place of God and yet comes to suffer for us.  He is the One of whom all Scripture speaks: the Lord Jesus Christ, verily God, yet become truly human, lower than angels, to die in our stead [Hymn lyrics by Champney].

A Healing that is Personal

This is the crucial point: you need to recognise that Christ died for your sins. Jesus did not need to die other than to provide you with salvation and healing.  Are you beginning to understand how much He loves you? Does it not touch your heart?

I pray that you would come to Jesus Christ now, acknowledging that He died for your sins, and respond in appreciation, thanking Him for dying for you.

Take time to read through this verse again but his time inserting your name into the blank spaces.

Jesus Christ was wounded for ______________’s transgressions, He was bruised for ___________’s iniquities, the chastisement of _____________’s peace was upon Him, and by His stripes ______________ is healed!

Do you believe it?

The Lord bless you.

[If you have received salvation and healing in Jesus Christ, do let us know. We would love to help and encourage you further.]


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