Isaiah 53

Isaiah 53 is all about Jesus.  Isaiah prophecies of the Savior who was to come, and gives us a very clear picture of just how it would happen.  He lets us know that Jesus would be born in a very unlikely way, and live a very low key and unspectacular life.  “For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him”.  Jesus didn’t come in like a king, or demand an upbringing that was showy or pampered.  He was born in a stable and lived in a small town.

But that doesn’t diminish what He did.  And it certainly didn’t impact how He was treated.  “He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not”.  He was mistreated and misunderstood.  He came to save and to serve and was rejected and despised.  But the thing that separates Jesus from every other was that love kept Him going and giving to the point of death on the Cross, in spite of His treatment.  He could have walked away, but “he poured out his soul to death”.  That is the love He bore!

Does His death matter?  “He was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed”.  There is nothing as important.  We have a problem as humans.  And without the love God had which caused Him to send Jesus, without Jesus’ love for us to carry our sin to the cross so we could be set free, we would be in a very sad state of hopelessness.  We have a fatal problem – sin.  “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all”.  It isn’t just some of us that are in trouble.  We all are.  And God made a way to redeem us through Christ.

Jesus didn’t have to go to the Cross, but He chose to.  “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth”.  He went quietly and willingly because He loved us.  And our hope is in His death, burial and resurrection.  Because of His actions we are healed.  “He bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors”.  Remember that Isaiah is writing this centuries before Jesus was born.  How awesome is the God we serve.  He loves us so very much!

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