365 Prophecies: Prophecy 247
The Lord laid on the Messiah the debt of all the world’s sins.
Old Testament Prediction:
Isaiah 53:6 … And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
New Testament Fulfillment:
1 John 2:2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.
1 John 4:9-10 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
The certainty of Jesus identity as the Messiah is confirmed by the testimony of those who were closely acquainted with Him. The disciples of Jesus believed that He was the Messiah because He fulfilled all of Isaiah’s predictions right before their eyes.
Isaiah Chapter 53 contains 38 of the most detailed and descriptive verses of scripture for precisely what the Messiah will accomplish when He arrives—more than any other single location for predictive verses of scripture found in the Bible.
• Who will believe: Isaiah 53:1 Prophecy 233
• He will come from a poor family: Isaiah 53:2 Prophecy 234
• No Physical Beauty: Isaiah 53:2 Prophecy 235
• He will be despised: Isaiah 53:3a Prophecy 236
• He will be rejected: Isaiah 53:3b Prophecy 237
• He is a man of sorrows: Isaiah 53:3c Prophecy 238
• They will hide from Him: Isaiah 53:3d Prophecy 239
• He will bear our grief: Isaiah 53:4a Prophecy 240
• He will carry our sorrow: Isaiah 53:4b Prophecy 241
• Thought to suffer for His own sins: Isaiah 53:4c Prophecy 242
• He will pay for our sins: Isaiah 53:5a Prophecy 243
• He will make peace for us: Isaiah 53:5b Prophecy 244
• By His scourging we are healed: Isaiah 53:5c Prophecy 245
• He will bear all our sins: Isaiah 53:6a Prophecy 246
• All our sins will be laid on Him: Isaiah 53:6b Prophecy 247
• He will be oppressed and afflicted: Isaiah 53:7a Prophecy 248
• He will not defend Himself: Isaiah 53:7b Prophecy 249
• Led as a Lamb to the slaughter: Isaiah 53:7c Prophecy 250
• He will be arrested: Isaiah 53:8a Prophecy 251
• His trials will be unjust: Isaiah 53:8b Prophecy 252
• He will be killed: Isaiah 53:8c Prophecy 253
• His life is the payment for our sins: Isaiah 53:8d Prophecy 254
• Buried in a rich man’s gravesite: Isaiah 53:9a Prophecy 255
• Accused, but innocent: Isaiah 53:9b Prophecy 256
• He will bear witness of the truth: Isaiah 53:9c Prophecy 257
• It pleased God to punish Him for us: Isaiah 53:10a Prophecy 258
• His life, an offering for our sins: Isaiah 53:10b Prophecy 259
• He will see those whom He has saved: Isaiah 53:10c Prophecy 260
• His salvation for us will succeed: Isaiah 53:10d Prophecy 261
• He will see His plan ahead of time: Isaiah 53:11a Prophecy 262
• He will come as the servant of God: Isaiah 53:11b Prophecy 263
• He will justify those who believe: Isaiah 53:11c Prophecy 264
• He will bear all of our sins: Isaiah 53:11d Prophecy 265
• His name exalted above all names: Isaiah 53:12a Prophecy 266
• He will pour out His life for us: Isaiah 53:12b Prophecy 267
• He will be killed with criminals: Isaiah 53:12c Prophecy 268
• He will bear the sins of the world: Isaiah 53:12d Prophecy 269
• He will pray for those who kill Him: Isaiah 53:12e Prophecy 270
Was Isaiah describing a person or was he speaking of Israel as the servant of the Lord?
There is an interesting story in the Book of Acts Chapter 8.
Phillip was known as a man who was consistently bringing people to Jesus. He understood that the Holy Spirit is the power that saves people. He believed that his task was to simply introduce those he met to the Lord and then allow Him to save them.
In Acts Chapter 8, Phillip is told by the Lord to change his current route and go towards Gaza from Jerusalem. While on this path, Phillip sees a man from Ethiopia riding in a chariot who had been in Jerusalem at the temple worshipping God. On His return trip, this dignitary from Africa is reading from the scroll of Isaiah the prophet.
Acts 8:26 Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, “Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is desert. 27 So he arose and went. And behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge of all her treasury, and had come to Jerusalem to worship, 28 was returning. And sitting in his chariot, he was reading Isaiah the prophet. 29 Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go near and overtake this chariot.”
Philip approaches the eunuch’s chariot and notices that he is reading from the scroll of Isaiah. He is seeking to open up a conversation with this leader from Ethiopia about Jesus, so he asks this man if he understands what he is reading.
Acts 8:30 So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he asked Philip to come up and sit with him.
Phillip takes the Ethiopian eunuch carefully through the prophecies of Isaiah chapter 53 that are listed above. One by one, Phillip shows this eager seeker how Jesus fulfilled each of these predictions in His life, death, and resurrection.
Acts 8:34 So the eunuch answered Philip and said, “I ask you, of whom does the prophet say this, of himself or of some other man?” 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him.
The purpose of this publication is to duplicate Phillip’s actions by expounding the Old Testament prophecies which speak of the Messiah and demonstrate how Jesus fulfilled each one perfectly. The eunuch was puzzled by the language of Isaiah who graphically describes a Servant being brutally butchered for the sins of the world. He asks: Of whom does the prophet say this? In other words—“who is Isaiah talking about?”
This African leader wanted to know who it was in Isaiah’s narrative that is allowing Himself to be so brutally killed, and for what purpose? Isaiah describes an instrument that would be used by God to load the full weight of all the world’s sins. One man, who was able and qualified to bear the sins of every person, would offer His life as a ransom for the whole world.
Isaiah’s prophecy describes the Messiah taking upon Himself the iniquity of all human beings.
Isaiah 53:6 … And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
The sacrifice that Jesus made on the Cross was for you and I
He would be dying for those who would love Him, as well as those who would hate and despise Him. Many people would never notice or care. A large part of the world would reject Him entirely. When Jesus died, He was paying the debt that all people owe God for their sins. In spite of His great love and sacrifice, most of the world would never receive Jesus nor acknowledge Him as their Savior.
In reality, Jesus’ sacrifice made it possible for every person born on the earth to go to heaven. All that would be required is a personal and heartfelt repentance and acknowledgement of His sacrifice as the remedy for their sins. Once a person surrenders to His Lordship over their lives, Jesus will take over and lead this person along the right paths. Every person who comes to Jesus for salvation must be willing to walk away from their present sin and live the rest of their lives for Him.
Those who come to Jesus for salvation will not be without sin, but the pattern of sin that once was a normal part of their life, will be greatly diminished.
Jesus made His sacrifice, then put it on public display for all the world to see.
The Bible reveals that most of the world will never receive this pardon for sins that God has offered. Either due to a heart of unbelief, or a love for sin that is greater than a desire to be saved. As a result, most of the world will be lost and not obtain salvation. This great loss of human souls will not be due to God’s inability or lack of desire to save people, but simply because those to whom Jesus died, were not willing to come to Him and be saved.
John 5:40 But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.
John 8:24 Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”