4 Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.
6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
God punished him. He was afflicted, took up our pain, bore our suffering. He transferred our sorrow and grief upon himself. All that is painful in our lives, Jesus knows intimately, because he took it all on himself.
He was pierced. He was crushed. He took the punishment. He was stricken, bruised and wounded because of things we have done wrong. He took the punishing blows on himself, but the result is our peace and our healing.
This is our confession – we like sheep have gone astray. We wander onto dangerous pathways because of our own obstinate pride, thinking we know best. We turn away from God our shepherd, thinking we don’t need him to guide us. Forgive us, Lord, for we need Jesus to intercede on our behalf. Help us realize what an amazing and perfect gift we have been given in Jesus our Savior!
Gracious God, out of love you provide for us a way out of the wilderness where we have become ensnared. You send us Jesus, who did for us what we cannot do on our own. Through him we are forgiven. Through him your justice is made complete. We praise you and honor you in Jesus Christ. Amen.