Isaiah 53:6

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.

Isaiah 53:6

We have seen several verses about Jesus in this chapter.  We have seen the fact that, while He loved us and gave Himself for us, we despised Him.  While He was wounded and bruised for us, we hid our faces from Him.  He loved us while we hated Him.  The first five verses of the chapter deal mostly Jesus Himself.  Verse six shines an awful light on us and our hearts.

“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way…”  That is the great inclusive.  “All.”  Every single one of us has gone astray.  Every single one of us has sinned against God.  Every single one of us has “gone his own way.”  There is not a person on the Earth who is exempt from this statement.  We have all rejected Jesus.

“And the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”  This verse starts out with the most awful truth in the world- we have all sinned and gone our own way.  The verse ends with the most glorious and wonderful truth in the world- God laid all of our sin and iniquity on Jesus.  We are great sinners, Jesus is a great Saviour!  We are sheep going astray, He is the great Shepherd!  We are full of sin and guilt, He is full of grace and mercy!  What a truth!

I once heard the story of a great preacher who was boarding a train.  A man rushed up and asked how to be saved as the train was pulling away.  The preacher told him to go to Isaiah 53:6 and start at the first “all” and come out at the last “all”.  That really is the gospel in a nutshell: “All we like sheep have gone astray”, and “the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” 

What an amazing verse and an amazing Saviour!

4 responses to this post.

  1. Wow Ben! This was powerful. I loved how you countered each of our characteristics with His and the story about the man on the train. Just all around wonderful and heart lifting for me to read today! 🙂

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    • Thanks, Deb. I really don’t like thinking about how terrible I am and have been in my life, but I do like thinking about how great He is and what great things He has done and is doing in my life. All because of Him!

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  2. Ben, I love how you pointed to the Gospel in the Old Testament. So many think there is a huge difference between the Old and New Testaments, but God has always been a God of forgiveness and mercy. Isaiah 53:6 proves that. Peace, Linda

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    • He “delights in mercy!” I agree, especially after reading about the Israelites and their journey to and time in the promised land. They rejected Him over and over, but He had mercy on them every single time they turned to Him!

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