Isaiah 53:7

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

Isaiah 53:7

After telling us in verse 6 that “all we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every on to his own way…”, but that “the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all,”  the Bible goes on to further explain that substitution.  That glorious substitution was His suffering for our iniquity.  It was His stripes for our healing.  It was His pain for our peace.  It was His death for our salvation; His death for our life. 

In verse 6, we are the sheep.  We are the sheep that have gone astray.  We are the sheep that have turned our backs on God.  We are the sheep that have gone our own way.  In verse 7, Jesus is the “sheep.”  He is pictured as the Lamb.  He is the “Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”  (Revelation 13:8) 

As “sheep,” we have gone our own way.  We have made our decision to reject the Lord.  As the “Lamb,”  He was innocent.  He did not “go astray.”  He did not “turn to his own way.”  He was the pure, holy, perfect and blameless Son of God.  But, as an innocent Lamb, He was brought to the slaughter. 

The innocent Lamb did not deserve to die.  The sheep that had gone his own way deserved to die.  Why was He oppressed?  Why was He afflicted?  Why was he brought to the slaughter?  “The Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”  He suffered all of those horrible things for me.  I Peter 3:18 tells us that “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God…”

I am so thankful for Jesus, a wonderful Saviour.  MY wonderful Saviour.  Our hearts should overflow with gratitude when we think of all He has done for us.

2 responses to this post.

  1. It helps me to remember His example of not opening His mouth. I need to keep mine closed most of the time too! God bless you and your love for Him!


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