Isaiah

Isaiah 61:1-3
1 “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
3 To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”


The Spirit of the Sovereign God was upon Jesus, because God had anointed and commissioned Him to proclaim good news to the poor / bring good news to the humble and afflicted.

God had sent Jesus:
– to bind up the wounds of the brokenhearted
– to proclaim freedom / release from confinement and condemnation to the physical and spiritual captives and release from darkness for the prisoners / freedom to prisoners
– to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor / the favorable year of the Lord and the day of vengeance and retribution of our God
– to comfort all who mourn, and provide for / and grant to those who grieve in Zion—
— to bestow on them / to give them a crown of beauty instead of ashes / a turban instead of dust on their heads, a sign of mourning,
— the oil of joy instead of mourning, and
— a garment expressive of praise instead of a spirit of despair / instead of a disheartened spirit.

Isaiah 53:4-6 By His Stripes We Are Healed [#ByHisStripes #WeAreHealed #MyGodMyHealer]

Isaiah 53:4-6
4 Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
5 But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
6 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.


Surely / In fact, Jesus took up our pain and bore our suffering / bore our griefs and carried our sorrows and pains, yet we ignorantly considered Him punished by God / assumed that He was struck down by God / stricken by God, and afflicted / degraded and humiliated by God.

But Jesus was pierced / wounded for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities / our wickedness, our sin, our injustice, our wrongdoing.

The punishment that brought us peace was on Jesus / required for our well-being fell on Jesus, and by His wounds, stripes we are healed.

We all, like sheep / All of us like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord God has laid on Jesus the iniquity of us all / has caused the wickedness of us all, our sin, our injustice, our wrongdoing to fall on Him instead of us.