Sunday, May 13, 2018

Isaiah 53

Today's reading in our daily plan is Isaiah 53. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)

  • Further elements of Christ’s nature and crucifixion are revealed. The Messiah is described as someone who was rejected by mankind and a person familiar with pain and suffering. It goes on to say he took on mankind’s transgressions and iniquities (sins) so that everyone might be able to experience healing and peace.
  • Several statements are made about the Messiah that parallel with Jesus' death. For example, verse 9 talks about how the Messiah will be "assigned a grave with the wicked and with the rich in his death". When Jesus died, he was crucified in between two thieves and was buried by a rich man. (See Mark 15:27 and Mark 15:42-47).

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • This is one of the most detailed prophecies in Isaiah covering the topic of the Messiah. The Messiah’s character is revealed at great length as well as very specific events leading up to and following his crucifixion. When Jesus came into the world 800 years later, he ended up fulfilling every single prophecy that was said about the Messiah. 
  • Starting in verse 10, Isaiah says that it was God's plan for his son, Jesus, to suffer and die. This revelation only further justifies how much God loves us since he was willing to let his Son go through such an extreme amount of pain and suffering for us and all of our sin. Since Jesus followed through with God's plan and selflessly sacrificed himself for us, our sins were paid for and we now have the choice to have a relationship with God.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Have you chosen God? Is there someone in your life that is wrestling with the decision to choose God? If you or someone you know is struggling, use this chapter in Isaiah as a guide that Jesus is not only legitimate but also loves us more than we could ever imagine.