Messiah as Substitutionary Sacrifice for Jews and Gentiles


NIV Isaiah 53:4 Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. 6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Messiah, the Suffering Servant of God, was prophesied to be despised and rejected (Isaiah 53:3). But this rejection by Israel will not be permanent. They will one day recognize that he did not suffer for His own sins and will realize that He suffered for their sins (verse 4)! They will also realize that Messiah’s substitutionary suffering resulted in reconciliation with God (verse 5 and 6).

The writers of the New Testament (under the influence of the Holy Spirit) recognized the substitutionary suffering of the Messiah and incorporated this prophecy into their teaching.

NAU Romans 5:6 For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.

NAU Hebrews 9:28 so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.

The New Testament writers also recognized man’s propensity to ignore God’s standards (like sheep!) necessitating a substitutionary sacrifice to reconcile us with God.

NAU 1 Peter 2:25 For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.

Although the picture being painted of man is not pretty, the picture being painted of Messiah as Suffering Servant is glorious.


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