But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.

Isaiah 53:5 NIV

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Pierced

Canada’s military recently updated their dress instructions. When it comes to jewellery, no more than two rings may be worn, but not a costume jewellery variety. Necklaces and bracelets may be worn but must not be visible while in uniform. The only piercing jewellery authorized are single or single set of stud or single stone earrings (one in each ear) in the earlobes only. Earrings shall not exceed one centimetre square or diameter. Gauges or spacers shall not exceed 2.5 cm in diameter.

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No matter how many times I read prophecy in the Hebrew Scriptures that so clearly points to the coming of Jesus – His birth, death and resurrection – I am amazed at how clearly God revealed His plan through these ancients. I also wonder what the Israelites who heard the prophets speak these truths thought about what they were hearing. It must have been similar to how we feel when we read prophecy about the second coming of Christ. There is no clearer prophecy about the death of Jesus than what we read in Isaiah 53:5: “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” Isaiah wrote this prophecy during the days of the Assyrians and Babylonians, whom historians felt may have invented crucifixion. He would have no idea, however, how the later Greeks and then Romans would use this terrible form of capital punishment. The prophet knew, however, that the Redeemer’s blood would have to be shed – He would be the ultimate Passover Lamb. Isaiah knew that the Messiah would die a sacrificial death so that we might have peace. Jesus did.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley