The sin bearing Servant- Quoting from Isaiah 53.
Verse 2– says -“He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him,
there is no beauty that we should desire Him.”
One has to read the whole chapter to get the full meaning of what Christ had to go through –
to redeem mankind.
Isaiah 53 predicted in detail the type of person our Lord Jesus would be
and about His ministry;
The chapter starts with a question that brings into focus the radical and unbelievable
way our Lord would look, live and act when He came to our planet as the ‘Son of man’.
It demands- “Who has believed our message?”
Jesus did not look the part of a heavenly king-
and he certainly did not live like one.
Could a carpenter’s son from Galilee be ‘the King of kings’-in human form?
Conceived out of wedlock! – A king?
Born in a barn! A king?
No formal education! No where to lay His head-
How could He be a King?
His only characteristic- was His Character.
Isaiah predicted this long before Christs birth-
He revealed how – He would suffer and be wounded for our sins-
He was bruised for us; The Lord had laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
By His strips we are healed.
He was oppressed and afflicted-
Led as a lamb to the slaughter-
Taken from prison and judgment – and it goes on –
He opened not His mouth; nor was any deceit found in His mouth.
Outwardly Jesus had no stately form or majesty-
But inwardly He was the ‘King of Peace; the king of purity;
The king of honesty and love! He was the king of perfection in every aspect of goodness.
Luke 4: 16-20 we find that after Christ’s temptation in the wilderness –
He came to Nazareth – He went into the Synagogue on the Sabbath Day-
He was handed the Book of Isaiah- he opened the book – and he read
It was about Himself-
” He was anointed to preach the gospel to the poor; heal the brokenhearted;
Set captives free; recover sight to the blind-
and set at liberty those who were oppressed”.
And he said to them – “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing”
I want to reflect – this week- on Christ’s life- building up to His Death- for me.