Isaiah 53 continues on where the last three verses of Isaiah 52 leave off.
1 Who hath believed our message? and to whom hath the arm of Jehovah been revealed?
Isaiah foretells that Messiah, Jesus, would not be believed. The vast majority of the people who heard Jesus were foreordained to reject Him.
2 For he grew 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 see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
Again, another verse that speaks to the appearance of Jesus. Jesus was not an attractive man. There was nothing physically beautiful about Him. He didn’t have an attractive body. He didn’t have an attractive face. In fact, if anyone had pointed Jesus out as the leader and rabbi of the disciples, people would have incredulously exclaimed, “Him? You have HIM as your leader?”
And, the next verse bears this out…
3 He was despised, and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and as one from whom men hide their face he was despised; and we esteemed him not.
Jesus was also a man well acquainted with depression, and He had to live with everyone’s low opinion of Him.
4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
And, when we put Him on the cross… and yes, all who follow Christ have done so… And, when we put Him on the cross we also esteemed Him as stricken and smitten of God, and afflicted.
And, God the Father did indeed punish His Son in our stead, so that God the Father would be/could be our father also.
5 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.
And, it was this punishment that He took for us that has taken our sins from us and made peace between us and God.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and Jehovah hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
And, because God, the Father of Jesus, is a true and just God, someone needed capture our sins and carry them away, so that they would no longer stand between us and God.
7 He was oppressed, yet when he was afflicted he opened not his mouth; as a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and as a sheep that before its shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth.
And, Jesus did not resist taking the path that He was called to walk. Did He enjoy the thought of suffering?
But, He accepted the cross so that He could welcome us and bring us to His Father.
8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who among them considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living for the transgression of my people to whom the stroke was due?
And, no one bothered to consider that He suffered and died to save His people from punishment.
9 And they made his grave with the wicked, and with a rich man in his death; although he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
And, it was a rich man, Joseph of Aremathea, who buried Jesus in his own tomb, and undoubtedly there were tombs of many rich and wicked men nearby.
10 Yet it pleased Jehovah to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of Jehovah shall prosper in his hand.
And God, punished Jesus and made Him to stand in our place and suffer our punishments so that we would be the children of God. Yet, in the end, God would raise Jesus up, and He would live forever.
11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by the knowledge of himself shall my righteous servant justify many; and he shall bear their iniquities.
And Jesus suffered terrible anguish, and that suffering satisfied God’s requirement that payment be made for our sins. He truly bore all the evil that we have done, and will do.
12 Therefore will I 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 was numbered with the transgressors: yet he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
And Jesus, because He poured His soul out for us and bore our sins, His portion is with the great and the strong. He has defeated and ‘spoiled’ our great adversary, Satan.
Furthermore, because Jesus said that He was God – and because He was prophesied to be God – He was able to accomplish all of these things.
I hope and pray that you one day would accept His sacrifice as your own, take up your own cross and follow Him.