More than 2,500 years ago, God revealed the greatest message in history to the prophet Isaiah. In chapter 53 of the book that bares his name, Isaiah unveils God’s message of salvation to the world, and in doing so, he reveals the identity of the Messiah – the Lamb of God who would lay down His life as an offering for the world’s sins.
To date, many non-Christians and Christians alike argue that Isaiah 53 can be interpreted many different ways. The Gospels testify to the life of Jesus Christ, providing the world with ample evidence of His identity as the Lamb of God. For anyone who is skeptical, Isaiah 53 contains multiple prophecies about the life and times of the Messiah – each one fulfilled in the life of Jesus Christ.
Now pay attention!! Here are just a few of those prophecies, followed by a corresponding verse (or verses) from the New Testament which confirms fulfillment in the life of Jesus:
“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.” (Isaiah 53:9 NIV)
“Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away.” (Matthew 27:59,60 NIV)
“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.” (Isaiah 53:7 NIV)
Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” But Jesus remained silent. The high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.” (Matthew 26:62,63)
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. (Isaiah 53:5 NIV)
“For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation—” (Colossians 1:19-22)
Still don’t believe??
“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.” (Isaiah 53:10-12 NIV)
Does this not depict THE ONE you call your Lord and Savior? The heirs of Jesus Christ – a multitude too numerous to count – are still being gained to this day, with new names being added to His family on a daily basis. And although Christians honor Jesus as one “who is mighty and great,” the world continues to despise and reject Him. Why?
Jesus is not attractive to the worldly-minded. Neither materialism, sensualism, pride nor any other thing which sets the mind on “the things which are upon the earth” can accept Jesus. The “lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye and the pride of life” blind those in their clutches to the superiority of Jesus Christ. When we see him through lust-tinted glasses, we are hindered from desiring Him. When those who trust in numbers observe that the majority despise Jesus, they adopt the attitude of the many and come to ignore the gospel of Jesus Christ, they join the crowd. Jesus must be rejected in order for one to “go with the crowd”. Pride, confidence in self, prevents personal conviction of sin. And until such conviction of personal guilt exists, one could hardly care less that He was wounded for our transgressions.
Nevertheless, the day will soon come when this world will honor Jesus Christ in all His glory. Again, PAY ATTENTION, yet another prophesy to be fulfilled; Revelation 5 comforts us, because the Lamb is worthy, for He was killed, and His blood has ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. The sins of humanity will soon give way to Jesus Christ’s eternal reign and the words of the prophets will soon be fulfilled.
Paul reminds us in Philippians 2:9-11, “Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Pastor Peter Okereke Jr