Memory Text: But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5, NKJV).
Lough Fook, a Chinese Christian did the Unthinkable when He decided to be a slave for Him to gain access to preach the hope of the gospel to the slaves in the South African Mines. Jesus too went to the extreme when He did the unthinkable when He took the form of a man and went through the suffering on the cross to save us from our sins.
How does Isaiah describe Jesus in Isaiah 50:4-10?
Isaiah describes the servant as a King who will do the unthinkable by serving and saving others without saving Himself yet (Luke 23:35, NSRV).
What message is there in Isaiah 52 and 53 concerning the servant?
Isaiah 52: 13 – 53:1 introduces the servant as prosperous and exalted but His appearance will be marred beyond recognition. The subsequent verses of Isaiah 53 illustrate the sorrow and rejection that this servant would go through and these punishments are actually Ours. Jesus bears them to save us from them. He descends to the lowest and afterward, God highly exalts Him that everyone should acknowledge Him as Lord.
What appeal does Isaiah make to the Readers of Isaiah 53:1?
The appeal is in the question where He asks who has believed the report. Whoever believes the report would experience God’s saving power.
Why does Jesus have to suffer for sin He did not commit?
The innocent Jesus had to do the unthinkable because of the love He had to reach Us, the Unreachable. Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us.
What does it mean that the servant’s life is an offering for sin?
A Sinner who commits a sin must atone for that sin with a reparation or guilt offering. In the same way, Jesus was given as an offering for our sins, He was led as a lamb to the slaughter. He comes back from death a land of no return to receive exaltation for He was the best reparation offering for the sins of the human race.
Isaiah clearly illustrates the origin, identity and mission of God’s servant as well as the tragedy that gives us hope. The act that this servant would take is unthinkable because for Him to reach Us He has to first be in form of us and for Him to save Us He has to suffer and die as a reparation offering for the sins. The weight of sin is too much that only Jesus Christ, who is sinless can be able to perfectly atone for it. However, the only way for us to experience God’s saving power is when We believe. It is my prayer that God grants you the grace to believe in Him that we may benefit from the sacrifice of this Servant in Jesus’ name.