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"God Reveals The Suffering Servant" Gospel Project Lesson for October 2, 2016

Isaiah 52:13 - 53:12

Written 700 years before the birth of Christ, this passage is one of the most detailed prophecies of Christ’s suffering. Isaiah 53 is so accurate one would think he is reading history rather than prophecy. Another reason to trust the Divine nature of the Bible.

52:14 – The disfigurement of the Savior, is in keeping with the brutality of scourging. Isaiah’s depiction and New Testament reporting of Christ’s scourging paint a picture of an unrecognizable mass of torn bleeding flesh.

53:2 – Jesus was not what the Jews expected. They wanted a conquering King. Jesus came, not as a King, to be served, but a servant (Mark 10:45)

53:3 – See John 1:10, 11

53:4, 5 – Note the pronouns as they related to “us.”

  • Note the ‘great exchange’ in verses 4 & 5: The Son of God became sin so that the sinner might become the sons of God …. Jesus suffered for our sins (For He knew no sin)… Jesus died in our place … Everything Christ went through He did so for us...

  • “For he hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

  • Healing in this passage needs to be understood as it relates to the penalty of sin; sin introduced disease and death into the world. Not everyone is healed from physical sickness, but all who call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (spiritual)

53:6 – Sinners prefer their sin over God “… there is none that seeketh after God” (Romans 3:11).

  • Even as believers we are often guilty of wanting it “my way.”

  • Jesus bore the full brunt of sin’s penalty “Christ died for our sins” (1 Corinthians 15:3).

53:7 – Compare to Christ’s defense before the High Priest and Pilate

53:8 – The death of Jesus

53:9 – Christ was buried in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea

53:10 – “yet if pleased the LORD to bruise him…” The death of Christ was God’s sacrifice for our sin

  • “Behold, the Lamb of God Who taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).

  • See Acts 2:23 “…………..”

53:10 – Speaks of the resurrection

53:10-12 – Christ death and subsequent resurrection resulted in the provision of salvation … Christ did for man what man could not do for himself.

  • “For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life” (Romans 5:10).


The Suffering Servant – Isaiah 52:13-53:3

The Sacrifice for Sin – Isaiah 53:4-9

The Sinner’s Salvation – Isaiah 53:10-12

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