Personalizing Isaiah 53
(1) [Isaiah writes,] Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
(2) For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: He has no form nor comeliness; and when I shall see Him, He has no beauty that I should desire Him.
(3) I despised and rejected Him. He was a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief. I turned my face from Him, for I had no regard for Him.
(4) Surely He has borne my griefs, and carried my sorrows. Yet I thought He was the One Who was stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
(5) But He was wounded for my transgressions, He was crushed for my iniquities: the chastisement of my peace was upon Him, and by His stripes I am healed.
(6) Like a sheep I have gone astray. I have turned to my own way; and the LORD has laid my iniquity upon Him.
(7) He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth. He was brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so He did not open His mouth.
(8) He was taken from prison and from judgment. Who shall declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living: He was stricken for my transgression.
(9) He made His grave with the wicked, and with the rich in His death. He had done no violence, neither was any deceit in His mouth.
(10) Yet it pleased the LORD to crush Him; He has put Him to grief: when You shall make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.
(11) He shall see of the travail of His soul, and shall be satisfied: by His knowledge shall His righteous Servant justify me; for He shall bear my iniquities.
(12) Therefore You will divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong, because He has poured out His soul to death. He identified Himself with me, a transgressor, and He bore my sin, and made intercession for me.
Thank You, my Dear Lord!