Verse 1 – Who has believed our report? And whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
This chapter continues to speak of Jesus who suffered for the sins of the world. The idea that God would choose to save the world through a humble, suffering servant, is contrary to human pride and worldly ways. God often works in ways we don’t expect. The Messiah’s strength is shown by humility, suffering, and mercy.
Verse 2 – For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; and when we see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him.
People miscalculated the importance of Christ. Just as a young plant growing up in dry ground would be withered, they didn’t recognize the importance to man-kind. He was rejected, even though He went around doing good.
Verse 3 – He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
Just like today: Many reject Christ because they have never had their eyes opened to a loving and forgiving God. The sad part is because some Christians are not very good examples of Christ’s goodness.
Verse 4 – Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteem Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.
Verse 5 – But He was wounded for our transgressions. He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.
Transgressions – to break away from God’s authority; iniquities – moral evil, wickedness, both meaning sin. So how could Isaiah understand that the Messiah would come and take the world’s sin, including all decease, upon Himself? He understood this by understanding the idea of a sacrifice and by God’s great revelation.
Verse 6 – All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
Sheep tend to wander off and like sheep, we have to be rescued. The “Good Shepherd,” Christ, is His name. Israel didn’t have hind-sight, they had prophets sent by God. We today have it written out in plain English and yet many still reject Him. When you only follow your own ways and leave Christ out, you go astray just as Israel did. However, the Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 2:4 – Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and long-suffering, not knowing that the goodness of god leads you to repentance?
Verse 7 – He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth.
Love for us kept Christ on that cross, knowing that His perfect sacrifice would give all mankind the forgiveness that “None of us deserved!” That is one reason we should be quick to forgive others, because He forgave us without opening His mouth.
Verse 8 – He was taken from prison and from judgment, and who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of My people He was stricken.
Can you think of anyone who would be willing to take your punishment for something that you did? No, me neither. Christ was willing to be cut off, crucified and die, and be raised up to live, all for our sin.
Verse 9 – And they made His grave with the wicked-but with the rich at His death, because He had done no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth.
Verse 10 – Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When you make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.
And these verses explain why we are all called to be a witness for the kingdom. In His hand – under His government and direction, He is exalted and converts the heart and mind. A transformation within the spirit takes place in every believer, thus the seed, His seed, being multiplied!
Verse 11 – He shall see the travail of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, for He shall bear their iniquities.
When you become a believer, you have been made “justified.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 – For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
That’s quite a trade. Christ took our punishment upon Himself and gave us His righteousness. We should all remember – We didn’t get what we deserved. It was by Christ’s obedience to the Father that we live and breathe!
Verse 12 – Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong, because He poured out His soul unto death, and He was numbered with the transgressors, and He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressor.
When Christ willingly laid down His life for all sinners, which includes you and I, He became our intercessor, the go between man and the Father. He is forever interceding for all His children today. Believe and receive!