The Gospel in 2 Verses

Posted on November 2, 2022

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By David Ettinger

I’ve written in detail about the Gospel (“Sharing the Gospel: Back to the Basics”), and even have a YouTube video with me teaching about it (“Watch My Teaching on Sharing the Gospel”).

But as I recently read through a certain portion of Scripture, I couldn’t help think how 2 verses in particular encapsulate the Gospel as no others. Of course, if you were to share the Gospel with an unbeliever, you would need somewhat more than these 2 verses, but what a great and thought-provoking start they are!

The 2 verses are Isaiah 53:5-6:

But He was pierced for our offenses, He was crushed for our wrongdoings;
The punishment for our well-being was laid upon Him, And by His wounds
we are healed. All of us, like sheep, have gone astray, Each of us has turned
to his own way; But the Lord has caused the wrongdoing of us all To fall on Him.

Here we see the coming (at the time Isaiah was written, around 700 B.C.) Messiah slain because of the sins of the human race; that our sins were cast upon Him; that His suffering gave us the opportunity to be saved from our sins; and a pointed description of what we truly are: ignorant like sheep; rebellious and depraved; and self-centered as we care only for ourselves.

A partially accompanying New Testament verse to Isaiah 53:5-6 would be 1 Peter 2:24: “He Himself bore our sins in His body up on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live for righteousness; by His wounds you were healed.”

But for raw emotion and unyielding truth, I would have to say that Isaiah 53:5-6 is as powerful a duo of verses as any in all the Word of God, and it is worth reading again:

But He was pierced for our offenses, He was crushed for our wrongdoings;
The punishment for our well-being was laid upon Him, And by His wounds
we are healed. All of us, like sheep, have gone astray, Each of us has turned
to his own way; But the Lord has caused the wrongdoing of us all To fall on Him.

“Worthy is the Lamb!”

David Ettinger is a writer/editor at Zion’s Hope, Inc., and has written for Zion’s Fire magazine since its inception in 1990.

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