Isaiah 53:4 is a favorite children’s bible memory verse, but how many know the story behind this verse?
“Surely He took our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered Him stricken by God, smitten by Him, and afflicted.”
The prophet’s name “Isaiah” means “Yahweh (God) Saves”. Isaiah was an Old Testament prophet and he warned the Kings of the southern nation of Judah (God’s People) that they needed to turn the nation back to God. They needed to stop making deals with foreign nations to protect them and to turn instead to God who would ultimately protect and strengthen them.
The last portion of the book of Isaiah is God’s comfort for His people. The ultimate comfort is the prophecy of a coming savior who would save them from their sins and to bring them healing.
However this savior was not coming initially as a mighty warrior. He would come first as a suffering servant to heal their wounds. Isaiah writes in Isaiah 53 that Jesus would be rejected by men and despised. He would know sorrow and grief.
Isaiah wrote in Isaiah 53:4 that no matter what God’s people have gone through, Jesus had been there with them and experiencing it right alongside them. No one grieves alone. So Jesus was not only a sin bearer, but a sorrow bearer. He took all the sin and the sorrow of mankind to the grave and overcame them all in the resurrection.
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