We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
The message that Jesus came to bring is this: everyone can come to God and receive forgiveness. Everyone needs to do so, because everyone has sinned. Romans 3v23 says “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. People are really like sheep. We seldom really think for ourselves, and each of us has gone astray. We have turned off the path God wants us to walk on.
Jesus came to seek and save the lost. Since we have gone astray, we are lost. Therefore we are all those whom Jesus has come to save. Paul said that his message was to the Jews first and then also to the Gentiles (non-Jews). Jesus gave the parable of the lost sheep, where one sheep goes astray and the shepherd leaves the 99 sheep that are safe to go and find the one that has become separated. And that is the message of salvation, that God sent His Son Jesus, from heaven to find those who have gone astray.
But going astray has a cost attached. We all go astray because of the list of the flesh. The lust of the flesh means our own selfishness. We want things our way and we want it now. That is sin. Simply rebelling against God’s way is sin. In fact the Bible goes even further by saying that “to him who knows to good and does not do it, to him it is sin” (James 4v17). But continuing from vs 5, God has taken the iniquity (see yesterday’s post) of us all and laid it on Jesus. This prophecy in Isaiah ch 53 is about Jesus who would come to fulfill this passage hundreds of years later.