A Short Study of Isaiah 53:6
“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.”
Christ made satisfaction to divine justice for the iniquity of all His people enabling the Lord to a be just God and a Savior. Note five things.
- 1. The LORD’s people are called sheep. It was for these that the Saviour came into the world, lived, died and arose again as their Substitute. “I am the good Shepherd: the good Shepherd giveth His life for the sheep.” (John 10:11)
- 2. The LORD’s sheep acknowledge we went astray in Adam’s transgression, and we are guilty of personal iniquity. Sin alienated us from God, cut us off from access to God, filled us with enmity toward God and must be punished by the wrath of God. Having gone astray, none of the sheep have the desire or ability to come back to the narrow way that leads to life. By nature, there is no difference between those who are the LORD’s sheep and those who are not.
- 3. The LORD’s sheep have turned, each one individually, to his own way. Some turned to the way of open rebellion and outward wickedness; others to the way of false religion seeking to establish a righteousness of their own through pious deeds. Still others turned to the way of morality and decency believing God would accept them because of their manner of living. No matter the route, however, each was a false way and were it not for the gracious interposition of the LORD, would have ended in death (Proverbs 14:12).
- 4. The LORD would not let His sheep perish so He did something about our sin. God the Father collected all the iniquities of His sheep and laid them (made them to meet) on our Substitute, the Lord Jesus Christ. Notice that the combined guilt of chosen sinners is singular and is called “the iniquity,” (verse 6), “the transgression” (verse 8), and “the sin” (verse 12). All the guilt of the sheep was bound together as though one tremendous burden and transferred, charged or imputed to our Saviour. None but God Incarnate could bear such an awful load and not collapse beneath its weight. Like “the fit man” who led the “scapegoat” of Leviticus 16:21-22 “unto a land uninhabited,” Christ took our guilt, bore it away and came back from the tomb without the burden. Neither Christ nor the sheep bear the iniquity any more!
- 5. Having transferred the iniquity of the sheep to His Son Who “was manifested to take away our sins” (1 John 3:5), the LORD will never hold the sheep accountable or responsible for sin. How glorious is the promise of God concerning His people: “their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.” (Hebrews 10:17)