Isaiah 53 - Fulfilled Prophecies About Jesus
Jesus fulfilled more than 300 prophecies made about him throughout his entire life. These prophecies were made by the prophets of the Old Testament, who lived hundreds of years before Jesus was even born!
One of the famous passages that prophesied about Jesus' life is found in Isaiah 53. Let's find out more.
1. Isaiah 53:2
He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
Prophecy - He would grow up as an ordinary boy, without riches.
Fulfilment - Jesus grew up as a carpenter in an ordinary household.
2. Isaiah 53:3
He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
Prophecy - He would suffer and be treated with contempt.
Fulfilment - Many didn't believe that he was the Messiah, the king that God sent. He suffered by being crucified.
3. Isaiah 53:4
Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
Prophecy - People would mistake his suffering as a punishment from God.
Fulfilment - When Jesus was on the cross, many people thought that he was punished for his wrongdoings.
4. Isaiah 53:5
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
Prophecy - His body would be pierced & "crushed" (severely wounded).
Fulfilment - Jesus was whipped and nailed to the cross, but peace came to the world after he suffered for our sins.
5. Isaiah 53:7
He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.
Prophecy - He would not retaliate or even defend himself.
Fulfilment - Despite all the pain he was going through, Jesus did not fight back at his abusers.
6. Isaiah 53:8
By oppression and judgment he was taken away.
Yet who of his generation protested?
Prophecy - No one of his generation would protest against his oppressors.
Fulfilment - Though Jesus had many followers, none of them stood up for him.
7. Isaiah 53:9
He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
and with the rich in his death,
Prophecy - He would die with the wicked & be buried with the rich.
Fulfilment - He was crucified with criminals and buried in a rich man's tomb.
8. Isaiah 53:11
After he has suffered,
he will see the light of life and be satisfied;
by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many,
and he will bear their iniquities.
Prophecy - After He suffered, he would see the light of life.
Fulfilment - After Jesus died, he was resurrected and appeared to many of his followers, testifying to them that he is the true Messiah.
Do you know what are the odds of fulfilling eight prophecies? That will be one chance in one hundred million billion. That number is millions of times greater than the total number of people who’ve ever walked the planet! How about the odds of someone fulfilling 48 prophecies? That will be one chance in a trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion!
What is so significant about Jesus fulfilling all these prophecies?
The Jewish community who lived during Jesus' time knew the Old Testament very well. They understood from the writing of the prophets that God would send a saviour to rescue them. The fact that Jesus fulfilled 300+ of these prophecies showed to them that, without a doubt, he was indeed the saviour sent by God!
In fact, Jesus told the people repeatedly that he was the promised Saviour. He performed countless miracles before their very eyes - turning water into wine, healing the sick, and even raising the dead.
Despite all that, many of them chose to not believe in him. They had expected a great warrior that would save them from the Romans rather than someone who would save them from their sins.
Now that we know that Jesus is the promised saviour, how will we respond to him?
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