Isaiah Ch 53 - An Easter Prophecy
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. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:5-6
Isaiah Ch 53, recognized for its prophetic implications.
Some might read and conclude that it surely predicts the crucifixion of Christ. Righteousness, imputed to those in need, coming as a result. That righteousness granted on the basis of His sacrifice made on our behalf.
Why would anyone have to stand in on my behalf? Could I not stand before God based on my own merit? If so, it would then seem I need no Savior at all; odd I would have to stand before anyone.
Not to mention, who defines righteousness anyhow? What standard of good could possibly categorize me as bad?
Looking at things from another angle, some compensatory help might be in order, even hoped for and greatly appreciated.
I guess it all depends on how you see things, where you are at. How we view our world and ourselves, along with the prospect of whether God exists and who He might be.
In the spirit of objectivity, we can just leave the questions posed here as food for thought.