All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned--every one--to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Isaiah 53:6 ESV
We have all wondered away from God and His way. We have all experienced the way of pain and misery that the absence of God in our lives causes.
Our wondering and wastefulness caused God to lay our sin burden upon His own Son.
Many times the illustration of sheep is used in the bible to describe our mentality as lost souls and our need for a shepherd. Jesus even calls Himself “the Good Shepherd that lays down His life for the sheep.”(John 10:11 ESV) He uses this illustration to tell His listeners that he is the one, that can and will lead them in the direction of God's way.
So, when Isaiah says that “the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all” he saying that in Jesus sacrifice we are set back on the right path, if we follow Him. But we have to be willing to follow Him.
Your sin burden was taken care of in Jesus sacrifice on the cross, are you following the Good Shepherd?
© 2012 Leo J. Woodman