Key Verse: We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:6
Isaiah 53 was written over 2700 years ago. Seven hundred years before Jesus came to earth, God revealed the heart of Christ’s saving work to his prophet Isaiah. John Piper wrote that Isaiah 53, “is not only a beautiful revelation of Christ’s saving death in the place of sinners, but also a stunning validation of its truth.
Isaiah 53 is a well-known passage of the Bible if you’ve grown up in church, but most people haven’t grown up in church, or even read the Bible. A recent informal survey showed “One hundred Jews on the streets of Tel Aviv were asked, Who do you think the 53rd chapter of Isaiah describes?” Most were unfamiliar with the passage and were asked to read it before answering. After doing so, many conceded that they did not know to whom it referred. … All seemed to think that whomever it referred to, it wouldn’t make much difference in their daily lives.
Have you ever read Isaiah 53? If not pause and read it now. Isaiah 52:13-53:12
There is no way to read these verses and fail to see Jesus as our divine Substitute. If you’ve read the gospels, it became obvious that Isaiah 53 is referring to Jesus and I am convinced this is one of the passage Jesus would have used in his conversation with the disciples on the road to Emmaus. If you’re still in any doubt, Peter quotes Isaiah 53:5 (“by his stripes we are healed” in 1 Peter 2:24 referring to Jesus.
In Jesus suffering, He took our sins on himself and made full atonement for them. While we were yet sinners, He died for us. He knew no sin, but suffered, the just for the unjust, that we, might become righteous before God.
It’s amazing that so many fail to recognize Jesus in Isaiah 53. But we must also ask if we recognized Jesus in our life? To we recognize Him for our Lord and Saviour?