Once flogged as ordered by Pilate, Jesus’ “form does not resemble a human being.” “His appearance is so disfigured that He does not look like a man.” (Isaiah 52: 14)
Jesus “does not have an impressive form or majesty that we should look at Him, no appearance that we should desire Him.” (Isaiah 53: 2) Instead, Jesus “is despised and rejected by men.” He becomes “a man of suffering who knows what sickness is.” People turn away from Him, and do not value Him.
Nevertheless, Jesus “bears our sicknesses, and He carries our pains.” And, while He is “pierced because of our transgressions, crushed because of our iniquities,” we think He is “stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted.” (Isaiah 53: 4, 5, 4) He is punished by God “for the iniquity of us all” because “we all go astray like sheep; we all turn to our own way.” (Isaiah 53: 6)
Jesus heals us “by His wounds.” (Isaiah 53: 5)
How does God show His love of us? He sends His only Son to earth as a baby, allows two flawed humans to raise Him, sends Him into the wilderness to contend with our adversary, asks Him to travel — preaching and healing — for three years; then commands Him to sacrifice Himself to a terrible, slow death and to the darkness of separation from His own glory.
“In this the love of God is made manifest among us, that God sends His only Son into the world, so that we may live through Him.” (1 John 4: 9)
We live through Jesus. Make no mistake, we do not live through our own power. Our lives are powerful only through the finished work of Jesus the Christ.