Isa 53:1-2

53:1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? 2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. KJV

       We are currently studying our redemption for the most important holiday in the church, the resurrection of Jesus.  We are looking at Isaiah’s prophecy.  This scripture refers to Jesus growing up in his humanity before the Father. The scripture emphasis two things here first is tender“.  Jesus was not a male chauvinist, young men don’t be afraid to show the real person.  A person who always puts on a front, always has to win, must always show superiority, is insecure.  It is gentleness that makes a man great! When a man puts his wife and children first and lives a sacrificial life he is demonstrating Christ’s love. The word “cherish” is used in Ephesians it is love with gentleness.

       A root out of dry ground is a reference to his virgin birth.  Jesus was special but there was not anything in the natural that would cause you to believe he was anything special.  In a crowd he would have blended in with everyone else.  Folks God wants us to be attracted to people because of the anointing in their life!

Verse 3 “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.  (4)”Surely he hath bore our griefs (sickness), and carried our sorrows (pains): yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.”

       The Hebrew word here translated sorrows is actually “pain”. And Grief is more accurately rendered “sickness”.  When Jesus went to the cross he not only bore our sin, he bore our sickness. When Jesus entered Jerusalem on the donkey multitudes followed crying, “Hosanna, blessed is he who cometh in the name

of the Lord.”  They expected him to setup the kingdom and free them from Roman rule; but he did not do it.  That same crowd days later yelled,  “Crucify him”.  They wanted the kingdom, but not the king.  They wanted all the provisions, but they did not want him.  They wanted his provision but not the provider. (We see that in the world today by the way!)

       Jesus was taken before Caiaphas in an illegal trial.  Witness after witness lied and accused him falsely.  They found him guilty of blasphemy and sentenced him to death.  They tied his hands behind his back, put a sack over his head so he could not see.  The bible says the buffeted him all night long. (That means “repeated blows”).  He was beat until his face began to swell and his eyes closed.  Actually he was one big bruise! (“by his stripes we are healed”…stripe-bruise).  Every slap came with the question, “If you’re a prophet prophesy who is hitting you?” Jesus never said a word.  What false witness could not do, what the high priest could not do, what the soldiers could not do, what the buffetings could not do, the catonine tails, what all these could not do your sins and my sins did. From the cross Jesus screamed, “My God, my God why hast thou forsaken me?”

       The crowd thought Jesus was being discipline for blasphemy, yet the scripture says:  (4)  “…yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid upon him the iniquity of us all.”

       I want you to understand Satan did not put the world’s sin upon Jesus, God the Father did!  Satan never did have any control over Jesus.  Jesus was the spotless, sinless lamb of God, “God laid on him the iniquity of us all.” 

       One of my favorite worship songs says “He became sin who knew no sin that we might become his righteousness. He humbled himself carried his cross…LOVE SO AMAZING, LOVE SO AMAZING!  JESUS MESSIAH!