The aim of this devotional study is to personally reflect on Christ’s substitution for our suffering and provision for our restoration.
3 He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement [punishment] that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. 6 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.
- When you read this Old Testament prophesy of the Messsiah (about 700BC), what event do you think it refers to?
- Reading verses 4 and 5, what is the core message the prophet wants to convey?
- According to this Text,
- what did the Messiah suffer? [hint: look at the verbs / action words]
- what did we gain from the Messiah’s suffering? [hint: look at the nouns]
- what was our behavior and condition at the time of the Messiah’s suffering?
- for whom was the Messiah’s substitutionary suffering?
Transgression: breaking a law/ sinning while fully aware of one’s actions. Deliberate or conscious sin.
Iniquity: “bend in the spirit”, some spiritual flaw which manifest as bad habit, character fault, addition, etc.
- Considering that I am body, soul and spirit (cf 1 Thessalonians 5:23), what does this Text say the Messiah’s substitutionary suffering had accomplished:
- for my spirit (verse 5)
- for my soul (i.e. mind, will and emotions; verses 4 and 5)
- for my body (verse 5)
- Consider the statement in verse 6.
- What does that suggest about my own state at the time of the Messiah’s substitutionary suffering?
- What does it suggest about God’s intent and commitment for my own healing?
- What does it suggest about my responsibility in earning this healing – current and future? [hint: what do I have to do to get it?]
Application and Prayer
Jesus, the Messiah has through his vicarious suffering [on your behalf] obtained healing for your spirit, soul and body.
- Regarding your spirit: Which iniquity was Jesus, the Messiah, crushed for that you are still in bondage for?
- Regarding your soul: Which grief, sorrow, anxiety or confusion are you still suffering from which Jesus, the Messiah, was punished for?
- Regarding your body: Which sickness or disease are you still suffering from which Jesus, the Messiah, was wounded for?
- Thank God for the gift of healing through Jesus’ suffering.
- Confess your belief that Jesus’ suffering was enough for your need.
- Pray as the Spirit leads for your complete healing.
- Tell a friend about this.