Isaiah 53:5-6 tells us, “He was wounded because of our rebellious deeds, crushed because of our sins; he endured punishment that made us well; because of his wounds we have been healed. All of us had wandered off like sheep; each of us had strayed off on his own path, but the Lord caused the sin of all of us to attack him.” (NET Bible)

Reading these verses with the notes in the NET Bible gave me a new perspective. It comments, “In their sin the group was like sheep who had wandered from God’s path. They were vulnerable to attack; the guilt of their sin was ready to attack and destroy them. But then the servant stepped in and took the full force of the attack.”

Jesus is the servant whose death and resurrection and ascension took away the painful consequences of the sin we all harbor–when we allow Him to be our Savior. I wrote in my Bible by that verse, “Wandering sheep are open to attack; Jesus absorbed the attack of the consequences of sin.”

I’m so glad that though I’m a wandering sheep, Jesus saw my need and healed me from sin’s wounds through His own on the cross.