The Substitution of Jesus (2 of 4) by Jonathan McLeod

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The Substitution of Jesus (2 of 4)
Series: Born to Die
Jonathan McLeod
Isaiah 53:4-6

4 Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned-everyone-to his own way;
and the LORD has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.

THE SERVANT: ISRAEL OR JESUS?

Christians and Jews disagree on the identity of the Servant in Isaiah 53:

• Christians believe that the Servant is JESUS.

• Jews believe that the Servant is ISRAEL.

Arguments against Jesus being the Servant:

(1) The Servant is "despised and rejected" (v. 3), but Jesus was popular.

(2) The Servant "shall see his offspring" (v. 10), but Jesus died childless.

(3) The Servant "shall prolong his days" (v. 10), but Jesus died young.

THE MISUNDERSTOOD SERVANT

The Servant ("the arm of the LORD," v. 1) was misunderstood in two ways:

• His IDENTITY was misunderstood.

He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not (v. 3).

The Jews were expecting someone like David. David was "handsome" (1 Samuel 16:12). He was famous for killing Goliath. Jesus didn't meet the people's expectations for the Messiah.

• His SUFFERING was misunderstood.

Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted (v. 4).

"Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God" (1 Corinthians 1:22-24).

"Let the Christ, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross that we ma ...


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