Read Isaiah 52:1
Christ to bear our grief, suffering, and sin; the Lord's everlasting love for
God revealed to Isaiah that the Messiah, the King of kings, would first be My Servant . . . (then) He shall be exalted (Isaiah 52:13). Jesus first came as the Servant of God and as the Suffering Savior; but He will soon return highly exalted as the King of kings (see Revelation 17:14;19:16).
The Jews of the first century were looking for a warrior-king like David to deliver them from the oppression of
He shall grow up before Him (the Lord) as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: He has no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him (53:2). Dry ground illustrates the spiritual condition of the religious world without Jesus. He alone provides eternal life for all who confess their guilt, repent of their sins, accept His atoning death in their place, and follow Him seeking to obey His Word. That's why it's important to read all of it. Even though we fall short of what God desires us to be, Jesus continually makes intercession for us with the Father (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25).
Surely He has borne our griefs (weaknesses, pain, sicknesses, diseases), and carried our sorrows (Isaiah 53:4). This means He has met our emotional, spiritual, and physical needs of every kind. Although Isaiah was prophesying about the future, he wrote as if it were already an established fact — the Messiah was wounded for our transgressions (sins), He was bruised for our iniquities (idolatry, wickedness, sin): the (His) chastisement of our (that we may have) peace (with God) was upon Him; and with His stripes (whiplashes) we are healed (made whole) (53:5). Jesus' death on the cross provided the only means to end the enmity between sinful man and his Righteous Holy Creator God. This means that all repentant believers, Jew and Gentile alike, receive eternal life and become acceptable to Him through the death of the sinless Son of God when they pray to receive Jesus as their Savior and Lord. All other gods are false and cannot save anyone. There is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must (of necessity) be saved (Acts 4:12).
As the One who was rejected by His own people (Isaiah 53:3; compare Luke 23:18; John 1:11); remained silent when He was falsely accused (Isaiah 53:7; Mark 15:3-5); was buried with the rich (Isaiah 53:9; Matthew 27:57-60); and was crucified with sinners (Isaiah 53:12; Mark 15:27-28).
52:1 uncircumcised = heathen (those without a covenant with God); 52:10 made bare His holy arm = revealed His power; 52:12 rereward = rear guard; 52:14 visage = appearance, countenance; 57:4 sport = ridicule; 57:17 frowardly = rebelliously.
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Memory Verse for the Week: 2 Thessalonians 1:8