Messiah’s Profile

How will we know when God’s Servant appears on the scene? Fortunately, the prophet Isaiah describes the characteristics of Messiah and the events that will be inextricably linked to him.

Isaiah 53 (New Life Version, emphasis mine)

Who has believed what we told them? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been shown? He grew up before Him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground. He has no beautiful body and when we see Him there is no beauty that we should desire Him. He was hated and men would have nothing to do with Him, a man of sorrows and suffering, knowing sadness well. We hid, as it were, our faces from Him. He was hated, and we did not think well of Him.

For sure He took on Himself our troubles and carried our sorrows. Yet we thought of Him as being punished and hurt by God, and made to suffer. But He was hurt for our wrong-doing. He was crushed for our sins. He was punished so we would have peace. He was beaten so we would be healed. All of us like sheep have gone the wrong way. Each of us has turned to his own way. And the Lord has put on Him the sin of us all.

Men made it very hard for Him and caused Him to suffer, yet He did not open His mouth. He was taken like a lamb to be put to death. A sheep does not make a sound while its wool is cut and He did not open His mouth. He was taken away as a prisoner and then judged. Who among the people of that day cared that His life was taken away from the earth? He was hurt because of the sin of the people who should have been punished. They gave Him a grave with the sinful, but with the rich at His death, for He had done no wrong, and there was nothing false in His mouth.

But it was the will of the Lord to crush Him, causing Him to suffer. Because He gives His life as a gift on the altar for sin, He will see His children. Days will be added to His life, and the will of the Lord will do well in His hand. He will see what the suffering of His soul brings, and will be pleased. By what He knows, the One Who is right and good, My Servant will carry the punishment of many and He will carry their sins. So I will give Him a share among the great. He will divide the riches with the strong, because He gave up His life. They thought of Him as One Who broke the Law. Yet He Himself Yet He Himself carried the sin of many, and prayed for the sinners.

The message I got was that Messiah lays down his life for undeserving people. I’m so glad that includes me!

From September readings for Days 20, 21, and 22
Isaiah 51-53, 54-55, and 56-58
Proverbs 28:1-14, 28:15-28, and 29:1-14
Luke 23:50-56, 24:1-12, and 24:13-27
Hebrews 11:17-31, 11:32-40, and 12:1-13

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