Isaiah 53 & 54
Despised and Rejected
Isaiah 53 & 54:
As He Took the Punishment for Our Sins
Chapter 53 is perhaps the most complete Old Testament picture of the sufferings of Christ and all that would come about as a result.
Verse 2b “He has no form or comeliness; and when we see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him.”
He was born to poor parents in a stable. There was nothing kingly about Him from an earthly perspective—nothing that would make people say, “Listen, this is a man of influence.”
Verse 3, “He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.”
Relatively few recognized Him as the Messiah, instead, they despised Him because He exposed their hearts.
He took the punishment for our sins, and God’s wrath was poured out on Him instead of us (53.4-6).
All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all (v. 6).
He didn’t defend Himself. He remained silent before His accusers (53.7).
He died with the wicked, between two thieves, yet He was buried in the tomb of a rich man (53.8-9, 12).
Verse 12, “… And He bore the sin of many” (including you and me if we have placed our faith in Him).
He even “… made intercession for the transgressors (53.12)—“Father, forgive them for they know not what they do” (Lk. 23.34).
What a Savior we have in Jesus!
Today’s Other Readings:
Praise the Lord!
These four verses proclaim what should be our response as we understand more and more just what He did for us: Continue reading