The Servant Substitution

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 iniquites; the chastisment 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 53:4-6

Even though the verbs are past tense, they predict happenings future to Isaiah’s time. In this Servant – lamenting song Isaiah was saying that the Messiah would bear the consequences of the sins of men, namely the griefs and sorrows of life, though incredibly the Jews who watched Him die thought He was being punished by God for His own sins. In Matthew’s gospel, he found analogical fulfillment of these words in Jesus’ healing ministry (Matthew 8:16-17), because sickness results from sin for which the Servant paid with His life. In eternity, all sickness will be removed And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God  Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:3-4) so ultimately it is included in the benefits of the atonement.

Wounded for our transgression . . .bruised for our iniquities—This verse is filled with the language of substituition. The Servant suffered not for His own sin, since He was sinless (Hebrews 4:15), but as the substitute for sinners. The emphasis here is on Christ being the substitute recipient of God’s wrath on sinners For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Corinthians 5:21) He also suffered the chastisment of God in order to secure our peace with God. By His stripes we our healed—The stripe (the Hebrew noun is singular) that caused His death has brought salvation to those for whose sins He died (1 Peter 2:24). Every person has sinned (Romans 3:23), but the Servant Substitute has sufficiently taken upon Himself the consequences of sin and the righteous wrath deserved by sinners (1 John 2:2). The manner in which God laid our iniquity on Him was so that God treated Him as if He committed every sin by every person whose lived, Though He was without sin, so justification can be given to every believer in Him. Think about it, I know want I’m like, yet God says because my faith and trust is in Him and His atonement, I am now declared justified for every sin I have ever committed. How can anyone not be humbled by that act of love for them?

Beloved friend, The holidays are here! How should we respond to God’s love for us? We should be seeking to glorify Him with our lives and walk in faith according to His Word and let our light shine for His glory and honor. This world wants to suppress the truth of this message more and more, as the world grows darker, may we grow brighter and let others know of the great love of Christ, Our Servant Substitute for our sins.

May the Lord bless your walk today!

Author: rontrujillo

Married 37 years We have six children. All of whom are adult. Three are married one of them blessed us with three beautiful grandchildren. Retired Firefighter @ Boeing Aircraft 37 years (Formally McDonnell Douglas) Born Again Summer of 1981

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