His Word: Isaiah 53:4

But the fact is, it was our pains he carried—
our disfigurements, all the things wrong with us.
We thought he brought it on himself,
that God was punishing him for his own failures.
But it was our sins that did that to him,
that ripped and tore and crushed him—our sins!
He took the punishment, and that made us whole.
Through his bruises we get healed. Isaiah 53:4-5 (The Message)

The line I want us to meditate on this week is this “He took the punishment, and that made us whole.”

The New American Standard Bible translates these verses as follows. We will break down the words from this version…

Surely our griefs He Himself bore,
And our sorrows He carried;
Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten of God, and afflicted.
But He was pierced through for our transgressions,
He was crushed for our iniquities;
The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him,
And by His scourging we are healed.

Isaiah 53:4-5

Made Whole is a phrase we will use a lot on this blog and in our printed journal. This passage tells us the how we’ve been made whole and a few verses later we will see why.

You and I are simply incapable of making ourselves whole.

Incapable. It’s impossible to make yourself whole. You can tell me that you don’t want a thing to do with God but you desperately want peace. It’s not going to happen. You can say you don’t believe in God but you do believe in love. Sorry, that doesn’t work. You may think God doesn’t exist and you have ultimate control over your life. Today, will or already has proven that idea is wrong.

Hasn’t it?

Let’s break this down and look at the Hebrew words used in this verse: The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him

The chastening – musar – chastisement (the act of punishing someone, usually verbally)

for our well-being –  shalom – peace with God, especially in covenant relation

fell upon Him – chabburah – stripe, blow

We deserved to be beaten and crucified for our sin. Jesus took it for us – willingly.

Sister, yes, you and I deserved it. Be forever grateful that we are not getting what we deserve. Jesus, who loves you and me more than we will ever be able to comprehend, took your punishment and mine because he was the only one who could do it once and for all for all of us. It truly is finished. Peace and wholeness is ours as a result when we keep our eyes on Him, our risen Savior and our Groom!

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