He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:3-6
These verses are from yesterday’s reading, but so much of Isaiah is tremendous scripture it is hard to select just one for the day. In the verses from the prior chapter in Isaiah, many people were appalled at Jesus because his appearance was so disfigured from the beating he suffered to carry out God’s plan for man’s redemption. But it was this suffering, this crushing he endured to take the punishment of sin that should have been yours and mine. All these wounds he suffered were to heal us from the penalty for our sin. Praise God if you have been born again, if you no longer need to fear the Day of the Lord for He has already judged us righteous in His eyes because of Jesus. Give Jesus all the glory and praise that is due His Name!