This is marvelous stuff I accidentally put together and then realized how wonderfully it worked! Down below is a kind of contemporary confirmation by the great C.S. Lewis of Isaiah 53, just below, and I understand that faithful Jews do not read or share it because it’s ‘so close’…..so clear. So Jesus.
1 Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
3 He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
4 Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.
6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.
8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away. Yet who of his generation protested? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was punished.
9He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand.
11 After he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied ; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,and he will divide the spoils with the strong,because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
Yes, the Old Testament clearly showed who was coming in the New Testament, not only in Isaiah, of course….And here is what I think is an excellent explanation of WHY (by C.S. Lewis):
“Why is God landing in this enemy-occupied world in disguise and starting a sort of secret society to undermine the devil? Why is He not landing in force, invading it? Is it that He is not strong enough? Well, Christians think He is going to land in force; we do not know when. But we can guess why He is delaying. He wants to give us the change of joining His side freely. . . When the author walks on to the stage the play is over (Z; I have always felt this but never put it in these utterly brilliant words) God is going to invade, alright; but what is the good of saying you are on His side then? . . .For this time it will be God without disguise; something so overwhelming that it will strike either irresistible love (Z: for believers) or irresistible horror into every creature . . God is holding back to give us that chance. It will not last for ever. We must take it or leave it.”
Take it. It’s free. God bless you all on this very Good Friday and always,