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Isaiah 53:1-20; Romans 3:21-26

Isaiah 53:1-20; Romans 3:21-26


I. The “we” section (vv. 1-3): Who do “we” refer to?

1. The testimony of those who have clarity about the identity of the Servant

2. The Suffering Servant would have (messianic) an obscure, insignificant birth and upbringing (vv. 1-3)

(a) Dry ground—lowly background of His parents compared to the luxury of the royals
(b) No dignity or beauty—compare it with Saul and David
(c) Misperceived and isolated by His own community (verse 3, 5b)
(d) The LORD was behind the Suffering Servant’s birth and upbringing (verse 1)

3. The LORD appointed the Suffering Servant to take care of sin and punishment of those who understood His identity and believed in Him (vv. 4-12)

(a) Substitution for human sin and guilt (vv. 4-12 cf. Leviticus 5:14-6:7)

(a1) The Servant takes away the burdens of others (verse 4b)
(a2) The LORD punished the Suffering Servant not because of His mistakes but the mistakes of others (verse 4b-6)

(b) The Servant voluntarily fulfilled the LORD’s task (vv. 7-12)

(b1) He was treated harshly and afflicted (verse 7)
(b2) He was judged by unjust court (verse 8)
(b3) He died and was buried (verses 8-9)

(c) The Suffering Servant did not remain in the grave forever, but rose from the dead (verse 10)
(d) The Suffering Servant acquits the sins of many (verse 11-12)

II. Jesus Christ is the only one who fits the profile of the Suffering Servant

1. Born with a divine task (Matthew 1:21)—He will save His people from their sins

2. Grew up in Nazareth, an obscure village (John 1:46 Nazareth! Can anything good come from there? Nathaniel asked)

3. Was conscious of His mission (Mark 10:45-46)

4. Died for the sins of others (1 Peter 2:24)

5. Was buried in a wealthy man’s tomb (Matthew 27:57-60 Joseph of Arimathea)

6. Would not remain in the tomb forever but would come back to life (Matthew 28:1-10)

III. How did the Father accomplish His mission?

1. He presented Jesus the Suffering Servant as a sacrifice (Romans 3:24) the initiative taken by God to effect removal of impediments to a relationship with God’s self

(a) God paid the penalty of human sins through Jesus
(b) Jesus took our punishment upon Himself and died in the place of you and me

2. This acquittal is available to everyone who believes in God’s work in Jesus (verse 26)

IV. Take Away

The Father did this so that you will enjoy a flawless relationship with Him through His Son. Draw near to the Father through Jesus the Suffering Servant

Speaker: William J. Subash

Born and raised in south India, William J. Subash became a follower of Jesus Christ in 1983 at the age of nineteen. After a brief career in a tea and coffee plantation, Subash decided to spend rest of his life to preach about Jesus and his life-transforming message of God, which is popularly known as “the Gospel.” Subash teaches New Testament Studies at two institutions: SAIACS in India and Liberty University Online, VA, USA. Currently, Subash serves as the chief point person for GROW Gospel Initiatives and the Lead Pastor of the Crossroad Church, Bangalore. Write to him at