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)
The Sacrifice Medal was created in the context of increased casualties in overseas operations to fulfill the desire of Canadians and the Government to provide formal recognition, through the award of an official medal emanating from the Crown, to those who die as a result of military service or are wounded by hostile action. The Sacrifice Medal may be awarded to members of the Canadian Forces, members of an allied force working as an integral part of the Canadian Forces such as exchange personnel, civilian employees or contractors of the Government of Canada, on the condition that they were deployed as part of a military mission under the authority of the Canadian Forces.
God gave the prophet Isaiah a unique look into the future. While the Hebrew Scriptures are filled with prophecies about the coming of the Messiah, it is in the book of Isaiah that we see the Promised One most clearly, and through the lenses of the life of Jesus, Isaiah is clearly pointing us to our Saviour. Nowhere in Isaiah’s prophecy is this seen more clearly than 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.” From early on in the revelation of God’s redemptive plan, the Lord reveals the need for a sacrifice. Abraham spoke such words when he told his son Isaac that God would provide the sacrifice. Then God introduced the system of sacrifice that was used for centuries in the Temple in Jerusalem. Ultimately, these were all pointing ahead to Jesus, whose death would redeem us by washing away our sins, bringing us into relationship with our Creator God and giving us peace.
These have been words from the heart.