This scripture passage was also included in Sunday’s Poignant Gratitude blog, but Handel’s Messiah has a separate chorus for this verse that is very beautiful. Let’s look at this today in the Amplified Translation.
Isaiah 53:6 “All of us like sheep have gone astray,
We have turned, each one, to his own way;
But the Lord has caused the wickedness of us all [our sin, our injustice, our wrongdoing] To fall on Him [instead of us].
Believers or followers of Christ were often referred to by Jesus as ‘sheep’. It was an image that the people of His time could relate to as most towns and villages had herds of sheep. They were familiar with the idiosyncrasies of sheep and how much care they required. They knew sheep were prone to wander and get lost if the shepherd did not guide, protect and lead them. Jesus called himself the good shepherd and states His willingness to die for His sheep. A good shepherd would want to protect his sheep from predators and would fight to defend them even if it caused his own death. John 10:11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” In verse 14, Jesus tell about the sheep and how those who believe in Him will know Him. “I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me.” In verses 27-28, Jesus assures us we will recognize Him, follow Him and be protected by Him. “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.” In Luke 15 Jesus gives the parable of the ‘lost sheep’ and how as the good shepherd he pursues any and all that are lost that they might know Him and be saved.
Not only is Jesus the good shepherd but in His death He took on the sins of the world so that mankind could be reconciled with God. “And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him,” Colossians 1:21-22 He took all sins upon Himself and paid the price for sin which is death. Hebrews 10:10 “And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” Jesus took the penalty for my sins and yours so that we might be freed from having to pay sin’s price, which is death. Romans 6:22-23 “But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for being my good shepherd and dying for me on the cross. You took the punishment for my sins and gave me life, hope and freedom from the bondage of sin. Thank you that through your blood I am covered and when God looks upon me He sees your righteous covering instead of my sin. You promise that my sins are gone and buried in the depths of the sea and this gives me hope. “He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.” Micah 7:19 Amen.
Blessings to you as you ponder the power of His reconciliation and the hope of His righteousness imparted to you.