Pilgrimage to Easter, Scriptures Examined

Isaiah 53:4a – Allowing Him to Carry Your Burdens

In the Interlinear Bible, we find these words from Isaiah 53:4a (if you click the highlighted word, it will take you to its meaning in the original language).

Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried;

My paraphrase based on the definitions:

In fact our afflictions (grief, illnesses, and sicknesses)
He Himself carried (to be swept away). And our mental
and physical pain He willingly made His burden.

The words used for “bore” and “carried” are two very different terms.

  • Nasa’ is the word used for “bore”, which means:
    1. to take, take away, carry off, forgive
      1. to cause one to bear (iniquity)
  • Cabal is the word used for “carried” a few words later. It is defined as: “to make oneself a burden, drag oneself along”.

All of our burdens carried for us.
Every. Single. One.

We need to acknowledge what has been done on our behalf. This is what Jesus has done for us through the cross. God has sent His Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for every weight and sin we have been weighed down by and has kept us from seeking God. We each have turned to our own way. He came for us. That’s how big God’s love for us is.

The greatest act of love has already been accomplished. It was accomplished the moment Jesus said “it is finished” and the veil was torn through His death on the cross… The veil reveals that wall that separated us from God – is gone. Our debt has been paid in full through the blood of Jesus Christ.

God shows His power.
We are His, and are dearly loved by the Father!

He longs for us to give Him our every burden to carry. He longs for us to just ask: “Lord, please help me.” We don’t have to carry the heavy loads we have been carrying. He wants to help us. We have been given full access to our Creator. He longs to help us and give us the Peace only He can give

Won’t we give Him our burdens? It begins with prayer. Talk with God about what’s going on and the struggles you are facing.

Reflection Activities:

  1. Meditate on these few, but significant words of this Scripture.
    But he ·took [bore] our suffering on him and ·felt our pain for us [carried our sorrows/sickness].
  2. What is weighing down your heart?
  3. Are you willingly talking to your Savior Jesus about it, and let Him lead?
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