A SPIRITUAL VIEW OF REDEMPTION (Continued)
ISAIAH 53: 4-5 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.
The chastisement of our peace was upon Him!
Often the word "chastisement" is deemed synonymous with correction in a hostile sense. The word is actually translated "instruction" thirty times in the Old Testament. Our Heavenly Father ensures we get the lesson through experience. For instance, Hebrews 5:8 reads, "Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered." The word suffered means to be affected or have a sensible experience or to undergo something which may result in good or bad. This is precisely the Work of the Cross. While Jesus suffered we were being made well off. While the old nature of Adam died, Christ (Whose Body we are) was made alive forevermore. Jesus went from a Suffering Servant to a Priest forever after the Order of Melchizedek.
What is our peace? Our peace is foremost a Person, the Resurrected Christ! This means we are complete in Him where there is soundness, welfare, tranquility, quiet, and contentment. He is our Friend. He is our Covenant of Peace. Christ Jesus, the Prince of Peace, said, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. _John 14:27."