God’s Suffering Servant: Jesus Christ (Isaiah 52:14; 53:1-12)
“But many people were shocked when they saw my Servant. He was hurt so badly that they could hardly recognize him as a man….People made fun of him, and his friends left him. He was a man that had much pain. He knew sickness very well. People did not even give him the honor of looking at him. We did not even notice him. But he took our troubles and made them his. He bore our pain, and we thought God was punishing him. We thought God beat him for something he did. But he was given pain to suffer for the wrong things we did. He was crushed for our guilt. A debt we owed-our punishment-was given to him. We were healed (forgiven) because of his pain. But even after he did this, all of us wandered away like sheep. We all went our way. We did this after the Lord freed us from our guilt and put all our guilt on him.
He was hurt and punished. But he never protested. He said nothing-like a sheep being taken to be killed. He was like a lamb that makes no sound when someone cuts off its wool. He never opened his mouth to defend himself. Men used force and took him-and they did not judge him fairly…He was punished to pay for the sins of my people. He died and was buried with the rich. He was buried with evil men. He did nothing wrong-he never spoke lies-but still these things happened to him.
The Lord decided to crush him. The Lord decided that he must suffer, so the Servant gave himself to be the one to die. But he will live a new life for a long, long time. He will see his people. He will complete the things the Lord wants him to do. He will suffer many things in his soul, but he will see the good things that happen. He will be satisfied with the things he learns. My Good Servant will make many people not guilty; he will carry away their guilt. For this reason, I will reward him among my people. He will have a share of all things with the people that are strong. I will do this for him because he gave his life for the people and died. People said he was a criminal. But the truth is that he carried away the sins of many, many people. And now, he speaks for people that have sinned.”