“Jesus was bruised for our iniquities”

Scripture: Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But 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. 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. 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 53:4-7).

My Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

My intention was to write about something very different from the contents of this message. In a recent dream, I was scheduled to speak at a certain program, and I could not find my bible nor my glasses. In this dream, I shared with my husband that I could not find the two and he looked at me and said, “Go and speak what is in your heart.”

Paul teaches us, “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). However, because of the lashes and bruising that Jesus endured, our iniquities (sins) are forgiven if we believe. Our joy comes from knowing that he has suffered cruelty from others for our immoralities. Every morning that we awaken, we should glorify and thank him for the bruising that he endured.

The noted scriptures highlight biblical prophesies from the prophet Isaiah which includes the event of the sufferings of Jesus, our Savior. He notes his extreme sufferings, which ultimately is advantageous for us. He prophesied that Jesus would bear our pains and sorrows. He penned, “He was wounded, bruised, oppressed, and afflicted” (tormented) for us. Yet, he never opened his mouth in defense for himself. Thank you, Jesus!

My sister-in-law passed about five (5) months ago. One month prior to her death, she became ill, but she appeared to be on her way to recovery and preparing to go back to work. She was excited about Isaiah 53, which was texted to her phone by a minister. She showed the message to family members who would listen. At that time, we did not equate this message to her spiritual healing. However, during her funeral, we remembered her message and passed it on to others. So, as you journey throughout your day(s), make an effort to pass on to others “Jesus was bruised for our iniquities.”