The Park Forum Advent Readings: Isaiah 53, Romans 5
Isaiah prophesied that the Messiah would be punished for our sins:
… he was wounded for our transgressions …
By his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,
make many to be accounted righteous … v. 5-6, 11-12, ESV.
Although he would be innocent and falsely accused, he would not defend himself:
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth …
although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth. v. 7-9, ESV.
As a result, he would be killed, die with the wicked, and be with the rich at his death
… he was cut off out of the land of the living,
stricken for the transgression of my people …
they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death … v. 8-9.
Even though he would die, he would live:
He shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;
The will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. V. 10, ESV.
In the face of false witnesses and testimony, Jesus said nothing:
… when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he gave no answer. Then Pilate said to him, “Do you not hear how many things they testify against you?” But he gave no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed. Matthew 27:12-14, ESV; cf. Matthew 26:57-67.
He was killed, died with the wicked, and buried in a rich man’s tomb:
… [robbers] were crucified with him …
… there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus … And Joseph took [Jesus’] body and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud and laid it in his own new tomb … Matthew 27:32-61, ESV.
All of this, he did for our sins:
God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. Romans 5:6-11, ESV.