A profound piece of evidence for the Christian faith is found
in this fact: The Old Testament announced that the Messiah
is coming. The New Testament states that the Messiah has
come. This is a powerful truth. Below is a way to outline
Isaiah 53 that brings out the significance of what Jesus did:
1. Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm
of the Lord been revealed?
2. He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root
out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us
to Him, nothing in His appearance that we should desire
3. He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of
suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people
hide their faces He was despised, and we held Him in low
4. Surely, He took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we
considered Him punished by God, stricken by Him, and
5. But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was
crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us
peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed.
6. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has
turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the
iniquity of us all.
7. He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He did not open His
mouth; He was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a
sheep before its shearers is silent, so He did not open His
8. By oppression and judgment He was taken away. Yet
who of His generation protested? For He was cut off from
the land of the living; for the transgression of My people He
was punished.
9. He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the
rich in His death, though He had done no violence, nor was
any deceit in His mouth.
10. Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush Him and cause Him to
suffer, and though the Lord makes His life an offering for
sin, He will see His offspring and prolong His days and the
will of the Lord will prosper in His hand.
11. After He has suffered, He will see the light of life and be
satisfied; by His knowledge my righteous servant will justify
many, and He will bear their iniquities.
12. Therefore I will give Him a portion among the great, and
He will divide the spoils with the strong, because He poured
out His life unto death, and was numbered with the
transgressors. For He bore the sin of many and made
intercession for the transgressors (Isaiah 53 NIV).
-Dennis Baker

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