The Lord says, “My Servant will come to you. He will complete His task. Then He will return to me and be lifted up and His name will be exalted above every other name.
Many people will be shocked when they see Him hanging on a tree. His appearance will be disfigured beyond that of any man, and His form will be marred beyond human likeness.
Yet the nations will marvel at Him. Kings and rulers will be speechless when they see Him coming again. They will stand in awe of Him as they begin to understand what they have been told.”
Who has believed our message? Who has seen the Lord’s hand in all this?
It was the will of God that His Servant grow up like a tender plant rooted in dry ground. He had no outward beauty or majesty to attract us to Him. There was nothing in His appearance to make us admire Him.
He was despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. We turned our backs on Him and ignored Him as if He had no value. He was despised, and we took no pity on Him.
He willingly bore our griefs and carried our sorrows. Yet we thought He was smitten by God, afflicted and rejected by the God of Israel.
He was pierced for our sins; He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was placed on Him, and by His wounds we are healed.
All of us like sheep have gone astray. We have each gone our own way. Yet the Lord laid on Him all of our iniquities.
He was oppressed and afflicted. He was mistreated and falsely accused, yet He bore it all without saying a thing. He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep stands silent before its shearers, so He did not open His mouth.
He was unjustly arrested, judged and led away to die. Who from His generation knew that He died for them? Yet He was nailed to the wood for the sins of all who deserved to die.
He was buried without honor as if He were a sinner. A rich man donated a grave for him. He had done nothing violent, neither had He ever deceived anyone.
It was the will of the Lord for Him to die. And though God made Him to be an offering for our sins, He will rise again and see the fruit of His suffering. He will live forever, and through Him God’s plan for us will be fulfilled.
After a life of suffering, He will once again have fullness of joy. He will know that what He did was not in vain. He will see the fruit of His labors and be satisfied. By the knowledge of Him, many will be justified, for He bore the iniquities of them all.
The Lord says, “I will honor Him and give Him a place among the powerful and great, yet He will be above them all. He has willingly given His life for His people and shared the destiny of sinners. He has suffered what was their due and intercedes for them in the Sanctuary above.”
A person would hardly give his life for a man who is self-righteous, but you might find someone willing to give his life for a good man who is humble and kind.
But God showed His love for us while we were sinners — by nature His enemies — in giving His Son to die for us.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Amen. It is finished.