Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.
Isaiah is speaking in the past-tense in verse four. Verse four is an affirmation of what Jesus did for all humanity. He carried all the grief and sorrow, that all of our sins had caused. He carried them to the cross for us.
Speaking in context of the day of jesus crucifixion; the world considered Him to be a sinful man, because of the death He suffered on the cross. They believed He suffered on the cross for the claims He made about Himself. They believed that God was striking Him down for blasphemy, for claiming to be the Son of God and forgiving sins.
Look at the total disrespect they had for the savior as He was hanging on the cross.
"He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him.” Matthew 27:42 ESV
They had no idea what was happening before their eyes. The God of the universe was hanging on the cross for their sins.
Little did they know He was taking care of the sin burden of everyone that had ever lived or would live. He was making a “Once for All” sacrifice for those that caused His death on the cross.
Without a doubt he has “borne our griefs and carried our sorrows”.
Have you given your burdens over to Him and had your sins washed away in baptism? He is willing to shoulder those burdens for you. As Ananias said to Saul; “And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.”Acts 22:16 ESV What are you waiting for?
© 2012 Leo J. Woodman