Isaiah 53 has our prophet giving us a picture of the coming Messiah. He reveals much about the coming Savior. “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 came to earth and lived life as a baby growing to a young man. Scripture tells us He increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men (Luke 2:52).
Jesus grew up in the Galilee region of Roman occupied Palestine. In respect to spiritual, political, and standard of living matters, it was indeed dry ground. He lived a normal childhood and early adult life. He didn’t stand out or do things that set Him apart. That is, until it was time for His public ministry when it all changed and He not only stood out but revealed His role as God’s Son and Savior of all mankind. That upset things and “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”.
That rejection didn’t stop Him from completing His mission to bear the sins of man and carry them to the Cross to provide forgiveness and salvation for all time. “Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed”. The image is that He loaded them up and carried them on His back, so we wouldn’t have to. He paid the price and set us free.
Did His sacrifice apply to you and me? “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”. Yep, it certainly did and does. Isaiah tells us what scripture says through and through – we’re all sinners. We all choose to disobey and do things our way rather than walk in obedience with God. That’s why Jesus had to go to the cross, because without that we are doomed to eternal separation. So God sent Him, and through His stripes we are healed. Our sin problem can be healed – in only one way – through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. He’s paid the price. We merely need to receive the gift of grace called salvation!