Jesus Fulfilled Prophesy of Isaiah 53

Many hundreds of years before Jesus was born, the prophet Isaiah predicted the following about the Jewish messiah in chapter 53 of his book.

Is. 53:2 He has no form or comeliness;
And when we see Him,
There is no beauty that we should desire Him.

Nowhere in the New Testament is Jesus described physically. He was never spoken of as handsome or given any physical features that would describe Him as desirable. In fact, the local people in the town where he grew up hardly knew Jesus, for when He finally revealed Himself they asked, “Is this the carpenter’s son?” as if they had never really paid Him much attention.

Is. 53:3 He is despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

When Jesus died on the cross, He was indeed despised and rejected. Jesus spent the night before He died in sorrow and grief. His appearance was so disfigured that He did not look like a man. His disciples ran away and hid their faces from Him, and the Father clothed the noonday in darkness. Jesus was despised and not esteemed by the Jewish leaders, the Romans, and even His disciples left Him.

Is. 53:4-6 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 bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

Fulfillment: Jesus died for the sins of the world, and carried our sorrows to the cross with Him. He was smitten and stricken, and our sins (transgressions) were the reason. He was not only bruised, but chastised. He was whipped, which created stripes on His back. This was done for our peace with God. All of us have walked away from God like wandering sheep, turning to our own way. The Father laid on Jesus the iniquity of all of us. Jesus literally fulfilled all these things.

Is. 53:7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He opened not His mouth;
He was led as a lamb to the slaughter,
And as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
So He opened not His mouth.

Fulfillment: When Jesus was accused, He remained silent and did not defend Himself. He did not speak when He was oppressed and afflicted, allowing Himself to be led to the slaughter of the cross like a lamb.

Is. 53:8 He was taken from prison and from judgment,
And who will declare His generation?
For He was cut off from the land of the living;
For the transgressions of My people He was stricken.

Fulfillment: Jesus was whipped in a Roman prison house. Further, He was cut off from the land of the living, and this was because of our sins.

Is. 53:9 And they made His grave with the wicked—
But with the rich at His death,
Because He had done no violence,
Nor was any deceit in His mouth.

Fulfillment: The Romans had prepared a mass grave for those who were killed by crucifixion, yet Jesus was buried in the tomb of a wealthy man, Joseph of Arimathea.

Jesus was the fulfillment of many other prophecies, which were all literally fulfilled.


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4 Responses to Jesus Fulfilled Prophesy of Isaiah 53

  1. Luis says:

    How do we know that these passages and others found in Isaiah weren’t written in the gospels to make Jesus look more like the messiah than actually was? In other words, what if the gospel writers embellished the accounts to make it look like Jesus was the person described in Isaiah?

    • Leslie says:

      We know that the accounts weren’t embellished because the writers were not criticized for writing what they did. No one wanted Jesus to be the Messiah. There would have been much uproar if anything not true had been written about Him. It has already been proven that the things that were written in the New Testament came from very soon after the death of Christ. There would have been many yet alive that witnessed what really went on. If lies were published there would have been many writing to the contrary. There are none. There are many extra biblical writings during the time of Christ. None contradicts the writings in the New Testament.

    • humblesmith says:

      There were 8 or 9 writers of the New Testament, all of which tell us something about Jesus and His purpose in dying. One common criticism from skeptics is that the New Testament writers made mistakes in the accounts of Jesus’ life. One thing is for sure: it is not the case that at the same time they got together and colluded to make their stories match, and at the same time did not get together and make their stories match. If, as you suggest, the writers colluded together to pre-arrange a story that aligned with each other and Old Testament prophecy, it would be the case that all the details match, or at least they would not have made the gross mistakes that skeptics suggest. If the details match, the details match.

      But more directly, Peter anticipated this suggestion and directly denies it in 2 Peter 1:16, where he says “we did not follow cunningly devised fables,” meaning that they did not get together and make up a story, “but were eyewitnesses.” To suggest that all the writers got together to plan such details is not reasonable. Third, if one were trying to invent a story of a Messiah for a nation to rally around, it would not be reasonable to invent one that was silent and did not defend himself, then died a humiliating death. Ditto for such details as depicting the Messiah as someone no one would notice. An invented story would have made a messiah to be a figure to invigorate people to rally around. Fourth, an invented story would not have made the writers to be scared failures who made so many humiliating mistakes, as the disciples do in the gospels. Fifth, a standard Jewish explanation for Isaiah 53 is that the chapter speaks of the nation of Israel, not a coming Messiah. Therefore it would not be reasonable persuasion to take a passage that the people you are trying to convince have already decided does not apply to the person you are writing about. Sixth, the passage says that we are all sinners, a concept that most people do not accept. It would not be reasonable persuasion to tell these words to someone who does not believe this. Seventh, many other things in the gospels tell us they were eyewitness accounts. It is not reasonable to conclude that so many other things are true and accurate, then out of the blue this section was invented and colluded.

      With all of this considered, the only reasonable conclusion is that these were eyewitness accounts of what actually happened.

  2. “The case about Jesus” (Yahushua ha Masiach) had been investigated by a number of modern skeptics in secular and “reasoning” formats available in bookstores or internet search. Their conclusions were entirely independent, yet unanimous. He is the Messiah!

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