Journey to Jerusalem day 41, Isaiah 53:7-12
Monday, April 15
7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
yet he opened not his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
so he opened not his mouth.
8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away;
and as for his generation, who considered
that he was cut off out of the land of the living,
stricken for the transgression of my people?
9 And they made his grave with the wicked
and with a rich man in his death,
although he had done no violence,
and there was no deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him;
he has put him to grief;
when his soul makes an offering for guilt,
he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;
the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.
11 Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied;
by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,
make many to be accounted righteous,
and he shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many,
and he shall divide the spoil with the strong,
because he poured out his soul to death
and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet he bore the sin of many,
and makes intercession for the transgressors.
Isaiah 53 foretells of the coming Messiah who is compared to a lamb being led to slaughter. In the Old Testament, animals without blemish and pure were offered as sacrifice to atone for the sins of the people, most often a lamb. Without the shedding of blood there was no forgiveness. Isaiah compares the one to come as the pure Lamb of God, sinless and unblemished. He would suffer in silence, wrongly accused for our sake and bearing our sins to make us acceptable to God.
John the Baptist confirms Jesus is the long-awaited Messiah when seeing him states, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”
Isaiah in verse 10 shows us that this sacrificed Lamb of God will be resurrected and live eternally. He will see his spiritual descendants, you and I counted as righteous before God through the shedding of his blood. Jesus has won the victory over death and now makes intercession for us eternally.
We no longer live under the Old Testament law of animal sacrifice to cover our sin. The long-awaited Lamb of God has come and was sacrificed once and for all. [H]ow much more then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God! (Hebrews 9:14)
Dear Lord, help us see that though innocent you were oppressed and afflicted for us. Because you bear our sins as a sheep sent to slaughter, we are made righteous through your intercession for us. Let the blood of Jesus cleans us so that we may serve the living God. Amen.