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Unpacking Isaiah 53:1-12


Isaiah 53 is a continuation of the fourth servant song, explicitly describing the Messiah , Jesus Christ. Is it not amazing that the works, suffering and death of Jesus was prophesied over 700 years before His birth?

He grew up in the presence of the Lord and when He came on earth, He was not attractive to many because He was not defined by beauty and majesty. He was actually rejected because He was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief (suffering/sorrows).

The central message of this chapter is in verses 4-6. It is summarised as Jesus (the Servant) was innocent but carried the sins of other people. He suffered on the cross to bear our curse (Deuteronomy 21:23; Galatians 3:13).

He was pierced, crushed and beaten for our sake. And the blood He shed heals us. We had gone astray in sin, but He died for us to be brought back to God. Why not embrace this immense love and give Him your life today?

In all oppression and affliction, Jesus said not a word, like a sheep taken for slaughter. Jesus is the Lamb of God, who gives His life as a sacrifice in obedience and submission. Though Jesus died like a criminal,  He was buried in a honourable grave of  rich man (Matthew 27:57-60), a sign of moral purity. For He was innocent and no lie went through His mouth.

The song ends in verse 12 with Jesus’ priestly work of making intercessions for those He died for (transgressors).

He does this as He is seated at the right hand of His father, securing our acceptance before God (Hebrews 7:25). Oh amazing love, how can it be? Hallelujah!!



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