verses 4-6 Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
It is amazing to me to find these words in the Old Testament, when they describe Jesus so accurately. I understand that it wasn’t until Jesus was gone from this earth that the words of Isaiah rang so true. Isaiah shared God’s explanation for the crucifixion of Jesus before it ever happened. I can’t say it makes it all crystal clear to me, but it certainly lets me know we are on the right track! I do have trouble with the violent means to an eternally peaceful end. I will never understand. I only need to know God loves me and has promised me eternal life. May I be worthy of that love.
Holy Father, you are the source of all things beautiful and the very creator of love. You have taught us true sacrifice for the sake of that love. I am eternally grateful. Amen