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Why

Isaiah gave a brilliant doctrinal reason for the life, death and resurrection of Jesus 700 years before He was born.

I have just added the name. The minute details are miraculous.

Known as one of the Servant Songs, The song commences at Isaiah 52v13 and again the universal consequences are confirmed.

So shall He sprinkle many nations.

Isaiah 52:15                  

The name Jesus has been added to the text to make it easier to understand.

The Sin-Bearing Servant Crucified

Behold, My Servant JESUS shall deal prudently; He shall be exalted and extolled and be very high. Just as many were astonished at you, So JESUS visage was marred more than any man, And His form more than the sons of men; So shall He sprinkle many nations. Kings shall shut their mouths at Him; For what had not been told them they shall see, And what they had not heard they shall consider.


The Sin-Bearing Messiah

[in place of He, we can now insert the name “Jesus”]


Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For JESUS shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, And as 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. JESUS is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; JESUS was despised, and we did not esteem Him.


Surely JESUS has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed JESUS stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But JESUS 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. All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on JESUS the iniquity of us all.
 
He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; JESUS was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So JESUS opened not His mouth. JESUS was taken from prison and from judgment, And who will declare His generation? For JESUS was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people JESUS was stricken. 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.
 
Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise JESUS; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, JESUS shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand. He shall see the labour of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For JESUS shall bear their iniquities. Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And JESUS shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And JESUS was numbered with the transgressors, And JESUS bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors.

Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12

The books, sermons and expositions on this short chapter are beyond my imagination to describe. Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for not understanding who He was when they had this and thousands of references in their hands and many new the scriptures by heart.

“You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.  But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.”

John 5:39-40

The suggestion that anyone could have their personal prior reason for being born would seem ridiculous if uttered by anyone else but the Son of God. He came that you might have a plan, a purpose and an eternal destiny.

I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

John 10:10