Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:1-5
I wish I could take credit for starting this study of Old Testament prophesy as it relates to the Messiah so that we would be looking at Isaiah 53 this week and next but I had been thinking about this study since last year and had been putting it off, so there was more at work than me.
When we read Isaiah 53:1-5 we find some interesting things. First is Jesus was not some incredible handsome man and He definitely was not blond and Caucasian as He has so often been portrayed. In fact Jesus could have blended into a crowd. He would have been just an average Jew, Semitic features with brown eyes. It wasn’t Jesus’ looks that captivated the people but what He said, how He taught and what He taught. You can read the Bible over and over and there is no mention of Jesus’ looks. He was an everyman.
Isaiah tells us that the Messiah would be despised and rejected by the Jews and that is what happened with Jesus. The priest and Jewish officials had made their minds up to get rid of Jesus and they eventually got the crowd behind them. That Jesus was a man of sorrows can be seen when He wept over Jerusalem the week He was to die.
Once again we are told that the Messiah would be stricken by God, that He would die in order to pay for our sins. He was pierced for these sins. He was beaten and scourged until almost the point of death. But because of the suffering of Jesus we are able to make peace with God and our sins are healed, forgive.
Have a blessed day,