He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Long before Jesus hung on the cross, Isaiah prophesied that the Messiah would come in the form of a plain, common man. Isaiah foresaw that Jesus would undergo severe physical suffering on our behalf. And most importantly, Isaiah knew that this suffering would heal us: "with his stripes we are healed" (53:5). Jesus suffered so that we wouldn’t have to. He stood in for us, and He continues to do so. He is at the right hand of God right now, continuing to plead our case (Rom. 8:34). We never have to feel like we are alone, adrift in our suffering. We are never alone. We always have a Savior on our side, bearing our burdens and interceding for us. How blessed are we! This blog post has been adapted from The KJV Prophecy Bible. You can read more about it here.