Isaiah 53:4-5 is one of the most famous in the Old Testament because it is a prophecy about what we, under the new covenant are enjoying today. It is a graphical presentation of the finished work of Christ on the cross of Calvary that purchased our salvation and any other blessing we will ever need in the God. Today, it is very easy to ask God for a car, a house, healing, deliverance and all kinds blessing. Someone even told you salvation is free. Yes indeed! It is free and so because someone paid a bitter price for it to be free. Salvation was not easy when My Jesus was slapped, beaten, spat at and flagellated. It wasn’t free when He carried that cross like a criminal, falling and getting up, mocked and humiliated by those for whom He was carrying that cross. He was considered stricken by God, smitten by him and afflicted. Many concluded that His God has forsaken Him. But all this while, He was bruised for your iniquity, crushed for your transgression. He was chastised for your peace and with His stripes you can claim your healing today. Had you been there at the time, would you have treated Jesus differently? Would you have joined the chorus to mock, jeer and spit? I cannot guarantee you that I would have been different had I been there. I cry when I think of it all. I consider myself one of those mockers who are now benefiting from the results of the action I so much mocked. I can now come into God’s presence with numerous petitions because someone accepted to carry His cross.
Lord Jesus, forgive me for nailing you to the cross and coming back later to eat the fruits thereof. You gave me a chance to live again; I consecrate this life to you. I offer myself to you as a living sacrifice, a sweet smelling aroma pleasing and precious in your sight. Take me and use me as you will. Amen.