248: Isaiah 53:7a


365 Prophecies: Prophecy 248

The Messiah will be oppressed and afflicted because of our sins.

Old Testament Prediction:

Isaiah 53:7a 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.

New Testament Fulfillment:

Matthew 27:27-31 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole garrison around Him. And they stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him. When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” Then they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head. And when they had mocked Him, they took the robe off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him away to be crucified.


The suffering that Jesus endured willingly for all of us, is unimaginable. To consider that Jesus is the eternal, Holy God, who spoke the universe into existence, yet He allowed Himself to be filled with all our sins, is an epic statement.

Jesus had never sinned Himself, nor had He ever personally experienced sin.

He has lived forever in Glory and Splendor as God—in perfection and Majesty. He is described by the Bible as the agent for which all creation owes its existence.[1] Yet, Jesus allowed sinful and evil men to put Him to death for crimes He never committed. Isaiah describes this fact as necessary for the salvation of all human beings. Jesus alone had to bear our sins and make full payment for them, or we would have no hope of redemption and eternal life.

We should never forget that it was because of our sins, not His, that Jesus died. The stunning fact is that Isaiah told us in advance of Jesus arrival, that this was the purpose for which He was coming. He came to die so that we might all live.

When Jesus made His life an offering for us, He submitted Himself fully to the Father on our behalf. He allowed Himself to be filled with the sins of every person born on the earth. The torment and anguish brought upon Jesus can never be understood by any of us who have sinned as a part of our everyday life. Why Jesus was willing to allow Himself to be made sin for us is beyond comprehension. It must be that His love for all of us is so great that He could not bear to allow the horrific judgment that awaits all those who have sinned against God.

The oppression and affliction placed upon Jesus is described by the following text from Isaiah 53:

1. They beat His face until He was unrecognizable as a man (Isa. 52:14; 53:2-3). They beat His body until the flesh hung from His exposed bone and muscle (Isa. 52:14).
2. They refused to believe that He was the Savior (Isa. 52:1).
3. They despised Him (Hated, loathed, felt contempt) (Isa. 53:3).
4. They rejected Him (Isa. 53:3).
5. Those who were closest to Him hid from Him in His suffering (Isa. 53:3).
6. Those who saw Jesus counted Him as having no value, though He is the King of the Universe (Isa. 53:3).
7. Those who watched Jesus suffer believed that He was suffering for His own sins, though He had done no wrong (Isa. 53:4).
8. His friends abandoned Him (Isa. 53:6).
9. Alhough He was making His life an offering for the sins of the whole world, they ignored Him and went their own way.
10. Jesus’ torturers oppressed Him by harsh treatment and violent acts upon His body (Isa. 53:7).
11. Those who arrested Jesus brought false charges against Him and deprived Him of justice (Isa. 53:8-9).
12. They buried Jesus with wicked men (Isa. 53:9).
13. They classified Jesus as a common criminal (Isa. 53:12).

The fact that God would allow Himself to be so brutally treated because of our sins is hard to imagine, much less, accept. Why Jesus would bother with us at all is a question that will be pondered for eternity. Perhaps it is because genuine love is so unfamiliar to us that when it is right in front of us, we do not recognize it, nor can we receive it.

When God loves, He gives. He places our welfare and safety above His own. He is willing to pay the highest cost to ensure that we know His love and have the opportunity to know Him.

He created us with a will that is free and unencumbered by force from Him. He gave us the right to choose for ourselves which path we will choose: either to love and trust Him or to rebel and go our own way. Isaiah wrote that each one of us has chosen our own way, yet God allowed Jesus to suffer for our great error.

Isaiah 53:6 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.

I think that it would be beneficial for us all, if we could sit in a quiet place and contemplate what it must have been like for Jesus to allow evil men to brutalize Him so greatly. Until we come into at least a partial awareness of the pain and suffering that Jesus endured for us, we will never be able to comprehend how greatly God hates sin and how much He must love us—that He would allow His Son to be oppressed and afflicted for our sins.

[1] Colossians 1:16-17, Hebrews 1, John 1

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