I saw a video the other day about the moment that a Jewish man realized that Jesus was indeed his Messiah. He talked about discussing Jesus as a boy. He spoke of questions he asked about Jesus as a young man. Then he talked about reading his own Bible as a man. He spoke about that moment. That moment when he saw Jesus revealed in Isaiah 53. He asked himself this question. 'What is Jesus doing in my Bible?' Jesus was revealed.
As I turned to Isaiah 53, I too was struck by the verses written by this long respected Prophet. Centuries before Jesus was born, Isaiah spoke of the promise of Jesus. Even Isaiah's name reveals Jesus. Isaiah means 'Yahweh is Salvation' or 'Yahweh Saves'. In Isaiah 53 we too can see that Jesus is revealed.
Isaiah begins this chapter by asking 'Who believes the Message?' Wow! Verse 2 speaks to the birth and growth of an ordinary looking man. Jesus, an ordinary looking guy with an extraordinary perspective.
Verse 3 gives us these words: 'He was despised and rejected— a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief...' Many of us are acquainted with these words. Through hearing, reading and song they have a place deep in our hearts and memories. Jesus revealed.
Verse 4 tells us that it 'was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down.' He was weighed down as He took on our sins and our punishment on the Cross.
Verse 5 speaks to His promise through His death. He was pierced, whipped and beaten so that we could be healed.
Verse 6 speaks about us. We are the sheep that lose our way, yet He has been asked to take our place so that we can find our way through Him.
Verse 7 speaks to His strength and willingness to be our Lamb. Without a word, without a doubt in His mind, He went to the Cross.
Verse 8 tells us of His life cut short, by our terms. No one cared that He was unjustly condemned. He went anyway and He was doing it all for our sakes.
Verse 9 talks about the fact that although He had done no wrong, that He dies like a criminal and placed in a rich mans tomb.
Verse 10 - 12 reveals the Plan. It is a good plan. Jesus is the Plan and it is by and through Him that we are now known as His descendants; beacuse of Jesus that we can be revealed as Children of God.
Jesus is revealed in the Old Testament. Jesus is revealed to each one of us who reads Isaiah's words. Jesus revealed.
Isaiah 53:5-6 NLT
"But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all."