Pictures of Jesus from Isaiah 53

The prophet Isaiah, some seven hundred years before the cross gives us several vivid pictures of the mission, death and resurrection of Jesus.  As you read this remember that the Father has sent His son to lead us back to Himself.

Verse 2

1. The Servant of God grew up before Him like a tender plant, and like a root out of dry ground

2. He has no form or comeliness [royal, kingly pomp], that we should look at Him

3. He has no beauty that we should desire Him

Verse 3

4. He was despised and rejected and forsaken by men

5. A Man of sorrows and pains

6. A Man acquainted with grief and sickness

7. Like One from whom men hide their faces

8. He was despised, and we did not appreciate His worth or have any esteem for Him

Verse 4

9. He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses)

10. He has carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment]

11. We [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy].

Verse 5

12. He was wounded for our transgressions

13. He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities

14. The chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him

15. With the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole

Verse 6

16. The Lord has made Him to carry the guilt and iniquity of us all

Verse 7

17. He was oppressed, [yet when] He was afflicted

18. He was submissive like a lamb that is led to slaughter

19. As a sheep before her shearers is dumb so He did not open His mouth

Verse 8

20. By oppression and judgment He was taken away

21. His generation, considered that He was cut off from the land of the living

Verse 9

22. And they assigned Him a grave with the wicked

23. With a rich man in His death

Verse 10

24. He made His life an offering for sin

Verse 11

25. My Servant, justify many and make many righteous (upright and in right standing with God)

26. He shall bear their iniquities and their guilt [with the consequences, says the Lord]

Verse 12

27. He poured out His life unto death

28. He let Himself be regarded as a criminal

29. He was numbered with the transgressors

30. He bore [and took away] the sin of many and made intercession for the transgressors (the rebellious)