I have never heard anyone teach this verse from this passage of scripture, but it speaks so LOUDLY to me, and has done over so many many years.
The first part of the passage speaks about the simply awful tribulation that Jesus Christ went through on behalf of the WHOLE WORLD. He suffered for everyone and everything. Whether you appropriate His suffering or not, He still paid the price.
Let’s look at His suffering, before I show you something you might not have seen or realized before…
2For [the Servant of God] grew up before Him like a tender plant, and like a root out of dry ground; He has no form or comeliness [royal, kingly pomp], that we should look at Him, and no beauty that we should desire Him.
3He was despised and rejected and forsaken by men, a Man of sorrows and pains, and acquainted with grief and sickness; and like One from Whom men hide their faces He was despised, and we did not appreciate His worth or have any esteem for Him.
4Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy].
5But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.
6All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has made to light upon Him the guilt and iniquity of us all.
7He was oppressed, [yet when] He was afflicted, He was submissive and opened not His mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He opened not His mouth.
8By oppression and judgment He was taken away; and as for His generation, who among them considered that He was cut off out of the land of the living [stricken to His death] for the transgression of my [Isaiah’s] people, to whom the stroke was due?
9And they assigned Him a grave with the wicked, and with a rich man in His death, although He had done no violence, neither was any deceit in His mouth.
10Yet it was the will of the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief and made Him sick.
Incredible descriptions of suffering.
And who did He suffer for? For one thing, Isaiah says in verse 8 that Jesus Christ was killed as a spotless Lamb of God for Isaiah’s people – who lived in 500BC. But in fact Jesus Christ died for ALL people across ALL ages of time. All that we need to appropriate what He did, is to believe and receive.
But while that is a great message, that’s not the message of this post. 🙂
Whether you know it or not, He paid the price to make you perfectly whole. If you accept it or not, He paid for your mental, emotional, physical freedom. If your marriage is suffering, it shouldn’t be, because He healed it on the cross.
Look again one more time at verse 5…
the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.
And even as wonderful as that message is, it’s still not the point of this post.
Take a look at the next verse…
WHEN You and He make His life an offering for sin
[and He has risen from the dead, in time to come], He shall see His [spiritual] offspring, He shall prolong His days, and the will and pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.
11He shall SEE [the fruit] of the travail of His soul and be satisfied;
When you… WHEN… when you make His life that He gave… an offering for sin… He SEES the fruit of what He went through… and His soul is satisfied.
Let me explain it another way.
A parent sacrifices everything for her daughter and then on day her daughter is getting married and she stands in front of everyone and says that you to her mom, because without her moms sacrifice she would not be here marrying someone wonderful. And in that (and many other beautiful moments) the parents feel quietly satisfied that their unknown sufferings, late nights, early morning, all were worth it.
The Message Bible says Isaiah 53:10-11 this way
Out of that terrible travail of soul,
he’ll see that it’s worth it and be glad he did it.
Do you see now?
Jesus Christ suffered for every ailment, but only 1 in 1,000,000 sicknesses are actually healed by through faith based on what He did on the cross. But when we DO have faith in what He did, His soul is satisfied and He feels that His suffering was worth it.
I bless you to received, receive, receive. He paid the price for your freedom. Come out from the jail. Believe what He has done for you.