Calvary in prospect
Isaiah 52:13-53:12 is perhaps one of the most famous prophecies
concerning the Son of God and His atoning sacrifice on Calvary.
Throughout the prophecy we find:
a. Christ as the great Sin-Bearer:
"Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our
"But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for
our iniquities" (53:5).
"The chastisement of our peace was upon him, and with his
stripes we are healed" (53:5).
"For the transgression of my people was he stricken"
"For he shall bear their iniquities" (53:11).
"He bare the sin of many" (53:12).
b. Christ will be rejected:
"He hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him,
there is no beauty that we should desire him" (53:2).
"He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows...he was
despised and we esteemed him not" (53:3).
c. Christ suffered to satisfy divine justice:
"And the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all"
"Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him" (53:10).
"When thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin..."
d. Christ shall attain His purpose in suffering:
"He shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high"
"He shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the
pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand" (53:10).
"He shall see the travail of his soul, and shall be
"He shall divide the spoil with the strong" (53:12).