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Sufferings of Christ Described 700 Years Before His Birth

By Eowyn @DrEowyn

Isaiah

Isaiah presented in amazing detail many aspects of the Messiah’s life and death.

He predicted the nature, stature and mission of Jesus Christ in such exact detail that we are left with nothing we can do but either call Jesus, “LORD,” or turn away.

In the 53rd chapter of the Book of Isaiah we see a picture of the suffering and death of Jesus Christ. We also are given the meaning of his suffering.


suffering-servant

ISAIAH 53

“Who has believed our message
and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?

He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
and like a root out of dry ground.

He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.

He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.

Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.

But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.

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.

He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.

By oppression and judgment he was taken away.
Yet who of his generation protested?

For he was cut off from the land of the living;
for the transgression of my people he was punished. 

He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
nor was any deceit in his mouth.

Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.

After he has suffered,
he will see the light of life and be satisfied;
by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities.

Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,
and he will divide the spoils with the strong,
because he poured out his life unto death,
and was numbered with the transgressors.

For he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.”


RisenThere you have it

The suffering, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ. You could imagine Isaiah standing with John at the foot of the cross, or walking with Mary to visit the tomb and being told by an angel, “He has risen just as He said.”

Jesus-ascensionAnd we could easily imagine Isaiah standing among the disciples looking up as Jesus ascended into a cloud.

But no, Isaiah wasn’t there. He saw these events 700 years earlier. And he understood the full meaning and power of Christ’s atoning sacrifice.

Because of his brilliant vision of the things to come, Isaiah is sometimes depicted as an eagle, a bird with amazing eyesight.

Hope-in-the-Lord


“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”


 


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