“(…) He hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, [there is] no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were [our] faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he [was] wounded for our transgressions, [he was] bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace [was] upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither [was any] deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put [him] to grief: when thou shalt 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. He shall see of the travail of his soul, [and] shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him [a portion] with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”
(The Book of Isaiah, chapter 53)
About 700 years before He was born, prophet Isaiah had said this about Jesus and each and every word came to pass. Jesus was mocked, bruised and treated with cruelty. Everyone who has seen Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” realizes the ruthlessness Jesus was treated with. The Bible says He Himself allowed it. Do you know why? Because the punishment He bore was mine and yours.
Salvation is rescue, and Jesus wanted to rescue us. His dead enables us to live without suffering, illness or pain as He carried them all. You can say “no!” to any disease because thanks to the wounds of Jesus you can receive healing. Salvation is rescue from the devil’s plans and actions here on the earth, and it’s a rescue from the hell afterwards. God, Jesus Christ, through His love to you decided He would bear the chastisement for all your sins and because of His sacrifice He opened the door to heaven wide. All you have to do to go there is ask – it’s very easy. If you have never spoken about it to God before, you can pray this short prayer:
“Lord Jesus, I know my life hasn’t been perfect. I’m sorry for all the wrong things I’ve done in my life. Forgive me. Thank you for dying for all my sins and for doing everything that I can be in heaven with you. Please, start leading me and dwell in my heart, because you are good, God. Let me feel your peace and love. Amen.”