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ISAIAH 52:13 – 53:9
FOUNDATION (Holy Week)

 

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Photographic reproduction of the Great Isaiah Scroll, the best preserved of the biblical scrolls found at Qumran. It contains the entire Book of Isaiah in Hebrew, apart from some small damaged parts. This manuscript was probably written by a scribe of the Jewish sect of the Essenes around the second century BC. It is therefore over 1000 years older than the oldest Masoretic manuscripts. Photograph by Ardon Bar Hama (Website of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios

The focus of our attention today is the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth.  This “set time” in God’s redemptive plan for humanity is described in the following Messianic prophecy declared approximately 700 years earlier:

 

ISAIAH 52:13 – 53:9

 

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Detail: ISAIAH 52:13 – 53:9, The Great Isaiah Scroll.

Behold, My Servant shall deal prudently;
He shall be exalted and extolled and be very high.
Just as many were astonished at you,
So His visage was marred more than any man,
And His form more than the sons of men;
So shall He sprinkle many nations.
Kings shall shut their mouths at Him;
For what had not been told them they shall see,
And what they had not heard they shall consider.

Who has believed our report?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?

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Ecce homo, circa 1860 – 1880. By Antonio Ciseri (1821 – 1881), [(PD-Art)] via Wikimedia Commons, – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios

For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant,
And as a root out of dry ground.
He has no form or comeliness;
And when we see Him,
There is no beauty that we should desire Him.
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.

Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
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.
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.

He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He opened not His mouth;
He was led as a lamb to the slaughter,
And as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
So He opened not His mouth.
He was taken from prison and from judgment,

And who will declare His generation?

For He was cut off from the land of the living;
For the transgressions of My people He was stricken.
And they made His grave with the wicked—
But with the rich at His death,
Because He had done no violence,
Nor was any deceit in His mouth.

Jesus’ death as revealed in this prophecy was a substitutionary sacrifice for sin—the only sacrifice God will accept on man’s behalf.  How humbling and moving to know that as a result of His death, we can now experience a relationship with God and the assurance of eternal life.