“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.
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
yet he opened not his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
so he opened not his mouth.
By oppression and judgment he was taken away;
and as for his generation, who considered
that he was cut off out of the land of the living,
stricken for the transgression of my people?
And they made his grave with the wicked
and with a rich man in his death,
although he had done no violence,
and there was no deceit in his mouth.
Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him;
he has put him to grief;
when his soul makes an offering for guilt,
he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;
the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.
Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied;
by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,
make many to be accounted righteous,
and he shall bear their iniquities.
Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many,
and he shall divide the spoil with the strong,
because he poured out his soul to death
and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet he bore the sin of many,
and makes intercession for the transgressors.” (Isaiah 53:6-12)
These verses are a part of the chapter in the book of Isaiah known as the “Suffering Servant” chapter. It is a prophesy by Isaiah about the coming messiah who would suffer and die for the people. That coming messiah was Jesus. He was the lamb that was led to slaughter. He went willingly to die for our sins. He had done no wrong but yet he suffered and died. He bore our sins and paid the price for them so that we don’t have to do so.
These verses are a reminder that no matter where we are or what we’re going through, Jesus understand and knows. He knows what it’s like to be rejected. He knows what it’s like to be hurt by those who are strangers and those who are friends. He knows what it’s like to be alone. He loves us so much and wants us to know that we’re not alone and that He went through all He went through for us.
This week, let us trust in that. Let us hope in that. Let us share that with others. Jesus suffered and died for us. He also was resurrected so that we can have hope and new life. He was a “man of sorrows” but he brings joy.