For many, their first exposure to this passage in Isaiah is not in the written Word, but through singing. Isaiah 53:4-6 is one of the beautiful choruses sung in Handel’s Messiah. In this enduring work, Handel takes us through the life of the Messiah, and many passages from Isaiah are featured. Our passage this week expresses the passion of Christ and His redemptive work on the cross. I wonder how many have sung those words and never realized their significance, much as when this passage was first written.
“As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied; By His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many, As He will bear their iniquities.” (Isaiah 53:11, NASB)
If repentance means not just “I am sorry,” but also “I am through,” then what in your life will come to an end today?