“But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5 ESV)
It’s been called the “Fifth Gospel” since the early days of the church, and no wonder—few Bible passages give us a more vivid picture of Christ’s suffering, death, and exaltation than Isaiah 53.
Take a few days to study this song of the Suffering Servant with me. When we’re done, we’ll have a deeper understanding of God’s great love for us. With the Holy Spirit’s help, Isaiah 53 can make us more humble, more grateful, more in love with our God and His Son who suffered and died for us.
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What Others Have Said
Jesus—the Lord’s Servant!
By: Susan Menzmer
I always knew Isaiah 53 was a prophecy about our Savior, but it was only after going through this study that I learned some of the richness that is contained in this Bible chapter. Now I feel like I could study it forever and never run out of new riches being uncovered! During this study, I learned how to really LOOK at the Bible passage, to see what it is saying—and not saying. What negatives are in the passage? What are the passive verbs describing Jesus—and what are the active verbs? Who were the four kings who reigned during the time of Isaiah? Exactly what kind of a Servant was Jesus anyway? Is the arm of the Lord strong—or weak? If you are wanting to draw closer to your Creator and Savior, I strongly encourage you to spend some time getting to know your Savior and what He did for you as is recorded in Isaiah 53!