In many ways, Isaiah 53 is the ultimate Messianic passage in scripture. Like few other passages in the Old Testament, it defines the role of the Messiah in receiving glory through suffering. When Jesus was with His disciples and following Peter's confession of the Christ, we read that, "He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up on the third day" (Matt. 16:21 NASB). Likewise, when He met the two disciples on the road to Emmaus exhorted them, "Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His Glory?" (Luke 24:26 NASB).
Throughout Isaiah 53, the Song of the Servant, Isaiah has been writing from the perspective of future Israel looking back at Jesus as the one whom they had pierced. But now, in the closing verses of Isaiah 53, we see a shift in perspective. Now, Isaiah speaks from God's perspective looking forward and telling of the result of the suffering Servant. We see Yahweh exalted. We see Yahweh satisfied with the work of the Servant. We see victory through the intercessory work of the Servant who "bore the sins of many and interceded for the transgressors."
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