—Isaiah. 53:4,5/Matt. 8:16,17 Suffering Vicariously (Our Delegated Substitute!)
Isaiah 53: 3,4
- He is despised (hated, reviled, loathed, shunned, scorned, derided [antonym is beloved: how heartbreaking that the beloved Son of God bore all this FOR ME!])
- and rejected (disallowed, forbidden, banned, excluded, vetoed, prohibited) of men;
- a man of sorrows (distresses, troubles, burdens, disappointments),
- and acquainted with grief (sorrow, heartache, anguish, pain, misery, unhappiness, woe [antonym is joy: how ironic, that the joy of the Lord gives me strength! Heb 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.]):
- and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
- Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows:
- yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
The NT reference, which speaks of Jesus’ healing the sick, refers back to Isaiah, but I think more of His “vicarious sufferings” on the cross. Yes, He suffered physical pain more than I can imagine, but the fact the He was also bearing the sins of the world is beyond human comprehension. When I think of my darkest days—those times when I was guilty of some sin and yet not willing to confess or forsake it—I think of the agony of heart: the guilty and misery in my soul! That is just a microcosm of what Jesus bore on the cross! He bore it ALL!
APPLICATION: Stop sinning! Oh, wouldn’t that be wonderful?! I can never be fully “sin-free” or sin less, but as the play on words tells us: I can’t be sinless but I can sin less! PTL!
And then be grateful for God’s forgiving power! It cost SO much, but it is FREE to all who will yield to His perfect way!