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Isaiah 53 Bible Prophecy Fulfilled by Jesus Christ

Bible prophecy is continually being fulfilled on a regular basis. There are numerous Old Testament Bible prophecies which were fulfilled by Jesus Christ during his ministry on earth. But perhaps the most compelling prophecy fulfillment is found in the book of Isaiah. The Biblical fulfillment of the Isaiah 53 Bible prophecy by Jesus is hard to overlook.


 

Isaiah 53 Bible Prophecy Fulfillment

 

1) He hath no form nor comeliness

Isaiah 53:2

2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

This text predicts that Jesus would have the physical appearance of an average man of that time. The verse explains that he would have no distinguishable beauty or attractiveness, and that he would look like an ordinary Jew. This is quite a powerful prophecy of the coming Messiah, in that he would not appear in the glory of a king or a god, but rather a normal human being.

Fulfillment:
John 8:59

59 Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.

This New Testament verse in the book of John confirms the prophecy found in verse Isaiah 53:2. When the Jews were about to stone Jesus, he was able to escape and blend into a crowd, because he was an average looking man. Had Jesus been a beautiful, awe-striking man, the Jews would have been able to pick him out of the crowd of people.


 

2) Despised and rejected of men

Isaiah 53:3-4

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

This verse predicts how Jesus would be rejected by his people as the Messiah, and that they would not respect him.

Fulfillment:

Jesus Christ was clearly reject by the Jewish people when he was tried and crucified. His charges were blasphemy, because of the claims he made of deity. We can clearly see from the crucifixion that Jesus was neither accepted nor respected by his people as the Messiah.


 

3) He was wounded for our transgressions

Isaiah 53:5-6

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

This Isaiah 53 Bible prophecy predicts the sacrifice that Jesus Christ would make on the cross for our iniquities.

Fulfillment:

Christ would be “wounded” for our transgressions by being crucified by the Romans. The Lord would put the punishment for our sins on Jesus’ shoulders.


 

4) He opened not his mouth

Isaiah 53:7

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

This is perhaps the most specific Isaiah 53 Bible prophecy that Jesus fulfilled. Verse 7 predicts that Jesus would not speak, and not defend himself. Just like a “lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb” Christ would not defend himself when on trial. The passage predicts that he would remain silent, accepting his fate.

Fulfillment:
Matthew 27:11-14

11 And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest.

12 And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing.

13 Then said Pilate unto him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee?

14 And he answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly.

As we can see in the book of Matthew, Jesus Christ did not defend himself against the accusations of the chief priests and the elders. Jesus fulfilled this Isaiah 53 prophecy by remaining silent at his sentencing. Like a lamb to the slaughter, Christ made no defense.


 

5) He was cut off out of the land of the living

Isaiah 53:8

He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

Fulfillment:

Jesus would obviously fulfill this Isaiah 53 Bible prophecy of being “cut off out of the land of the living”, by dying on the cross. He would no longer be in the “land of the living” because he would die a gruesome and horrible death.


 

6) He made his grave with the wicked

Isaiah 53:9

And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

This prophecy from Isaiah 53 is two fold. First, the prophet predicted that Jesus would make his grave with the wicked, meaning he would die with the unrighteous. Secondly, this verse predicts that Christ would live a sinless life, doing no violence nor lying.

Fulfillment:

The first part of the prophecy was fulfilled when Jesus was crucified with two thieves on the cross. With this, Jesus “made his grave with the wicked” being killed with two unrighteous criminals.

The second part of the Isaiah 53 Bible prophecy was fulfilled when Jesus lived a sinless and blameless life. He did no violence nor lied about who he was. Because Jesus had no “deceit in his mouth”, everything he said about his deity was true. Isaiah 53 in turn confirms his deity by declaring he did not lie, hence everything he claimed was true.


 

7) Thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin

Isaiah 53:10-11

10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.

11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

This prophecy predicts that Jesus would be offered as a sacrifice – a sacrifice for sin. The purpose of Christ’s death on the cross was to atone for the sins of the world and of man. Isaiah 53 predicts that the Messiah would be sacrificed because of the issue of sin.

Fulfillment:
1 Peter 3:18

18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:

This Isaiah 53 Bible Prophecy fulfillment is confirmed by so many verses in the New Testament, however 1 Peter 3:18 is one example. Jesus’ death was a sacrifice because of sin, so that we may be right with God in the day of judgement. There is no amount of good deeds or works man can do to be in good standing with a perfect and holy God. So in an act of unconditional love and sacrifice, God sent his only son into the world to pay the price that we could not.


 

Conclusion:

It is hard to read Isaiah 53 and not see the direct correlations between the passage and Jesus Christ. With one chapter having so many prophecies fulfilled by Jesus in the New Testament, one can not ignore the implications. First, that the Bible is more than a mere book, and that it contains precise and accurate prophecies about the future, written in the past. Second, that Jesus Christ is the Messiah spoken of in the Old Testament. Jesus fulfilled every single Isaiah 53 Bible Prophecy.

2 Comments

  1. Bill Duckworth Bill Duckworth February 14, 2019

    I disagree. The Fulfilment of Jesus (flesh) becoming Spirit is the Fulfillment of Jesus becoming Christ and the Body and Mind surrender to the Spirit of CREATION/CREATOR that Modern Science speaks as “There can be NO SEPARATION for the Original SOURCE of ENERGY (GOD/SPIRIT/Creation and Creator).

    Church of the EARTH must REPENT and “Follow ME” not Mammon

    Mark 8:34 And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them,

    “Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. This is beng Born Again babtism of Light/Spirit/Holy Ghost NOT Water.

    Jesus SAID: The WORD of GOD

    John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

    John 3:4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?

    John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

    John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

    John 3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

    John 3:8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

    AND

    John 3:13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.

    John 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

    John 3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

    John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

    John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

    John 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

    John 3:20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

    John 3:21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

  2. Bill Duckworth Bill Duckworth February 14, 2019

    Mark 8:34 And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

    Fullfillment is Returning to Heaven, the Kingdom of GO as Light/Spirit not a recycle back into a body with rememberance or material Gain.

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