4 Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering,yet we considered him
punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.5 But he was pierced for
our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities;the punishment that
brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.6 We all,
like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way;and
the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.7 He was oppressed and
afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth;he was led like a lamb to the
slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,so he did not open his
mouth.8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away. Yet who of his
generation protested?For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the
transgression of my people he was punished.
1. Read the passage aloud slowly, knowing that this “suffering servant”
passage is a prophecy about Jesus. If possible, read the whole
chapter as well.
2. Read this passage. See the servant of God, so battered and disfigured
he hardly seems human anymore. Live with him as he is
despised and rejected by men. Watch him take up our iniquities and
be pierced for our transgressions. See the blood flow as his life isEdit
crushed from him, as from a sin offering. And realize that he chose
this fate, that by his wounds we might be healed.
3. Silence – Read/Listen – Meditate – Pray – Contemplate
4. Respond to God about the words that touched you most. Talk also
to God about how Jesus can make you righteous.
5. Move through your day with this idea: Jesus “died without a thought
for his own welfare”. If he died that way, how much more must he
have lived that way? Try living that selflessly a few minutes at a
Prayer & Journaling: Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse
with God and listen to what he wants to tell me. Then write down
any thought and/or prayer in the 2012 “Spiritual Journal” book.