“He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.” [Isaiah 53:5]
Here we have Calvary unveiled. It is a holy scene depicting the greatest work ever done on earth. What is here described is the deep mysterious transaction that took place in the darkness of the crucifixion day when the Son of God died as our substitute and sacrifice. Isaiah mentions four aspects of that work.
The physical agony of the cross. Wounded, bruised, and stripes are words that describe deep bodily pain. We should never be able to read of Christ’s bodily suffering without being moved to tears. [See Psalm 22].
The spiritual conflict of the cross. Wounding and bruising also denote the penetration of Christ’s heart with sorrow and the severe inward sufferings He bore. When men had done their worst, all hell sought to conquer Christ. Satan bruised His “heel” [Genesis 3:15] but, praise God, He bruised Satan’s head and spoiled principalities and powers, making a show of them openly [Col.2:15]
The penal sufferings of the cross. “The chastisement of our peace was upon Him.” This was from the hand of His Father as He judged our sin in our sin-bearer. What a mystery! And, Oh, what love, that God should so afflict His Son to spare His enemies!
The finished work of the cross. “With His stripes we are healed.” We have healing by virtue of the work of Christ alone. He paid our debt. He bore our judgment. He removed our curse. He cures our disease. He redeemed us to God. Hallelujah! What a Saviour! [Dr. Alan Cairns]