Where in the Bible Does It Say Christ Was Pierced for Our Transgressions?
Isaiah 53:5 is the source of this verse phrase, although it does not refer to “Christ” specifically. Isaiah 53 opens with describing that He was “like a lamb...led to the slaughter.” (Isaiah 53:1)
The language in this passage of Isaiah anticipates the Messiah and how he would suffer for our sins. The verse also speaks of “the chastisement that bought us peace.”
Isaiah 53:6 says, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Further, it explains, He was “stricken for the transgressions of my people” (v.8), and “his soul makes an offering for guilt.” (v.10) From his sacrifice, however, “many will be counted righteous.” (v.11)
We see in Isaiah 52:7 that He brings good news and proclaims peace. Christ is often referred to as a lamb and the Gospel as “good news.”
By His “chastisement” (punishment) and His death, believers receive salvation. (Acts 4:12)
What is the Context of Isaiah 53:5?
The book of Isaiah was written during the 8th Century BC. “Judah’s unbelief in God...redirected their future away from blessing and toward judgment.” (ESV Study Bible, p.1235, Crossway)
They were “subservient under pagan powers” which would oppress them for generations. Isaiah’s ministry began “in the year that King Uzziah died.” (Ibid., p.1233)
During Uzziah’s reign, “the nation prospered, and desert areas were reclaimed by water conservation. Jerusalem’s walls were reconstructed, towers were added, and engines of war were mounted at strategic points. A large army was also maintained. The nation’s prosperity under Uzziah was considered to have been a result of the king’s fidelity to Yahweh.”
His reign ended ignominiously, however, and he was succeeded to the throne by his son, Jotham, who “did right in the eyes of the Lord,” (2 Chronicles 27: 2), but that did not stop Judah’s downward spiral into corruption.
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