4 Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
5 But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
“Who has believed our report?” These are the words that begin one of the most famous chapters in the Bible: Isaiah 53. The report is a stunning and graphic depiction of the sufferings of the One God calls, “My Servant.” (Is 52:13) Though He brings good news, glad tidings of good things, proclaiming peace and salvation, the Servant is brutalized.
In Isaiah 52:14, we’re told, “His visage was marred more than any man, and His form more than the sons of men.” Yet Paul refers to this prophetic report as “the gospel of peace.” (Rom 10:15-16). Why?
While humankind is unleashing all its fury onto God’s Servant, God is quietly transferring our guilt, rebellion and everything that has separated us from Him, onto Himself. He is making a clear pathway back, for us to come into close relationship with Him, one that’s harmonious, without fear, guilt or shame. It’s the way back from the path we’ve taken into the bushes, running and hiding from God, like Adam and Eve. This gospel of peace is a report that’s hard to believe because, in it, we will come face to face with the inconceivable love and humility of Almighty God. It’s also hard to believe for another reason, one we’ll discuss after we look at the passage.
Verse four tells us exactly what Jesus, God’s Servant, took upon Himself. Let me try to bring out the Hebrew meaning of each word:
Surely, firmly, He has borne, lifted up, taken away, had transferred upon Him like a scapegoat who is then sent into the wilderness to die, our griefs, maladies, anxieties, calamities, diseases, sicknesses, weaknesses, and carried, like a burden, our sorrows, anguish, pain, affliction. 
Yet we esteemed Him, thought about Him with contrived plotting and maliciousness, stricken, plagued, punished, destroyed, Smitten by God, slain, beaten, slaughtered, and afflicted, depressed, abased. 
The truth of the great transference of our depravity onto Him, and His blessing onto us, is revealed in verse five:
But He was wounded, bored, pierced, punctured, for our transgressions, revolt, breaking away from just authority, He was bruised, beaten to pieces, crushed, crumbled for our iniquities, perversities, moral evil, sin. 
The second half of the verse tells us the benefits He has procured for us:
The chastisement, with blows or words, for our peace, welfare, health, prosperity, rest, was upon Him, And by His stripes, His body was literally bound or joined together with stripes so that it was one big open wound, we are healed, mended, stitched together, cured, repaired and made whole. 
This is the gospel, the good news of peace.
Our Jesus took on Himself, not only our sins and rebellion, but also the emotional distresses, the physical pains and diseases and all that resulted from the world’s separation from Him. In every area of our being, spirit, soul and body, He took our destruction upon Himself. Having voluntarily laid down His life for us, He abolished the death that reigned in us, that we who believe in Him, would be raised up to live a resurrected life, now and eternally. (2 Tim 1:10, Col 3:1-3)
He died for us while we treated Him as our enemy. (Rom 5:6-10)
He did it for the joy set before Him. (Heb 12:2)
He “died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.” (1 Thes 5:10)
And now we come to the second reason this report is so hard to believe: He was chastised for our peace. By His stripes we are healed.
What are we to make of these divine promises? The benefits that flow to us out of the blood that ran from His grossly mangled form, Scripture says, are peace and healing. How can we believe this report when we, or others we love, are sick, anxious and depressed? How could Abram believe his descendants would number the stars in the sky when Sarai, his wife, was barren? We worship the same God; we are Abraham’s seed. We’re called into the same journey of faith. Our call is to look up and set our mind’s attention on the One who speaks these astounding things, things too wonderful to believe, and to lean in to Him to hear more.
Peace is an intimate relationship with God, absent of dread or fright.  The way into peace is a journey of knowing the love of Christ. (Eph 3:14-19) There is nothing separating us from God now. There is no limit to the intimacy we can have with Him. The more we contemplate His love, the more we can believe the otherwise incomprehensible. We are God’s children, the objects of His undying adoration, forgiven and holy in our Father's eyes. This knowledge results in security and joy that transcends our earthly circumstances. (Rom 8:38-39)
Healing is to mend (by stitching), to cure, repair, make whole.  The healing spoken of in this passage is spiritual, emotional and physical. In case we have doubt about the physical part, Scripture makes it plain:
“When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: ‘He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.’” (Mt 8:16-17 quoting Is 53:4)
His lashing secures our mending. This is what God’s Word tells us.
There is not one of us who is walking in perfect peace or perfect health, spirit, soul and body. This is a journey. But I believe if we get up each day determined to set our minds on believing God’s Word, and above all else His merciful love for us, we will be transformed.
May we be the ones who believe your report, Lord!
 Strong, James and John R. Kohlenberger, III, The New Strong’s Expanded Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, Red Letter Edition (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2001), ‘Aken (aw-kane’H406, Nasa (naw-saw’) H5375, Choliy (khol-ee’) H2483, Cabal (saw-bal’) H5445, Mak’ob ), (mak-obe’) H4341.
 Ibid., Chashab (khaw-shab’) H2803, Naga’ (naw-gah’) H5060, Nakah (naw-kaw’) H5221, ‘Anah (aw-naw’) H6031.
 Ibid., Chalal (khaw-lal’) H2490, Pesha’ (peh’-shah) H6588, Daka’ (daw-kaw’) H1792, ‘Avon (aw-vone’) H5771.
 Ibid., Muwcar (moo-sawr’) H4148, Shalowm (shaw-lome’) H7965, Chabbuwrah (khab-boo-raw’) H2250, Rapha’ (raw-faw’) H7495.
 The “Peace,” in Paul’s title of this passage as the “Gospel of Peace” is the Greek word eirene (i-ray’-nay), from eiro meaning to join. [Ibid., G1515] According to Thayer's Greek English Lexicon, it means oneness, harmonious relationship. Peace between God and humankind implies intimate relationship without fear, a reconciling that leads to rest. (See Lk 1:74)
 Strong, James and John R. Kohlenberger, III, The New Strong’s Expanded Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, Red Letter Edition (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2001), Rapha’ (raw-faw’) H7495.