Tale of Two Sheep in Isaiah 53

In preparation for Easter I've been reflecting and meditating on Isaiah 53 - the most famous messianic text in the Old Testament.  Looking at this passage we see that the LORD was despised, stricken, and afflicted for our transgressions and iniquities, yet he opened not his mouth. 

Christ's response to suffering was silence, patience, and willing acceptance.  Like a lamb led to the slaughter he was obedient.  Quite the opposite of you and me who are like stubborn sheep that have gone astray and turned to our own way.   And often, in the face of suffering, our mouths are wide open with grumbling and complaining. 

Thankfully God knows our frame and sent his "sheep" to the slaughter to make intercession for the others ... and by his stripes we are healed.