Today Isaiah speaks of Jesus, the spotless lamb, who is willingly coming to die for our sins. “Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. 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.“
Isaiah says we have ALL gone astray. There is not one person who ever lived or who will live that doesn’t need a Savior! And since we are all in need of a Savior, Isaiah says it will please the Lord to send His son to die for us. “Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him..” bc “By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many…Because He poured out His soul unto death…” This is how much God loves us!
Isaiah says the Lord will redeem Jerusalem and gives them hope for the future. The people will return to fertile land and they will become numerous. Isaiah urges them to seek the Lord and to trust Him and His Word. “‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ says the Lord. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.’”
The Lord promises salvation to anyone who puts their faith in Him including the eunuchs and foreigners. He says that everyone who “…holds fast My covenant– even them I will bring to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer…For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.’”
Later Paul will tell us that we are ALL the same in Christ. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28).
We end the reading with Isaiah calling out Israel’s sin. He condemns the blind, arrogant, and wicked leaders and the idol worshipers. But there is no sin so great that the Lord won’t forgive if one repents. The Lord will revive the spirit of the humble and revive the heart of the contrite ones but there will be no peace for the unrepentant wicked.
So we are ALL sinners in need of a Savior who makes the repentant ones ALL equal under the blood of Christ. Keep reading.