Seven centuries before Christ’s birth, the prophet Isaiah wrote the biography of the King, the promised Messiah and Savior of the world.
Isaiah 53 first prophesies the supernatural birth of the King: “For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground…” (Isaiah 53:2).
Jesus’ miracle Virgin Birth is essential to our faith. Without the Virgin Birth, Jesus would have been under the curse of Adam, and couldn’t have been our atonement for sin.
Adrian Rogers says, “He was born of a virgin that we might be born again. He became the Son of Man that we might become sons and daughters of God.”
This passage also declares the simple life of the King: “He has no form or comeliness; and when we see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him” (Isaiah 53:2).
Many were looking for a dazzling hero, a political Messiah. Yet, the Son of God was born in a rather insignificant village; by all appearances, He was quite ordinary. Jesus laid aside His splendor and majesty so that we may know Him by His character, and have faith in Him accordingly.
Third, this passage describes the substitutionary death of the King.
“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” (Isaiah 53:5).
Jesus took our sins, shame, separation and suffering. We owe everything to the Savior, who took our place and became the object of God’s wrath.
Fourth, we see the saving resurrection of the King: “…When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days…” (Isaiah 53:10).
Three days after His crucifixion, Jesus rose from the dead and walked out of the grave; we serve a living, risen, victorious Savior.
Finally, this passage shares the sovereign reign of the King. “He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, for He shall bear their iniquities” (Isaiah 53:11).
We can know Him, receive justification, and be made alive to serve Him in His endless victory.
Have you been justified by the King—made alive by our living Savior? Consider the prophetic biography of Jesus Christ today.