The only solution to our sin problem
Who has believed our message? To whom has the Lord revealed his powerful arm? My servant grew up in the Lord’s presence like a tender green shoot, like a root in dry ground. There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him. He was despised and rejected—a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care. Isaiah 53:1-3 NLT
Despite our rebellion and stubbornness, God made a way for us to come to a relationship with Him. How can God do this; love us in spite of our sinfulness? From the text, Isaiah described how people continue to reject the message of salvation. They have responded in sheer silence even though the gospel’s message was clearly articulated by those who were sent to spread it. The nations respond to the servant with an awed silence as the gospel reveals his true worth. The ones who are supposed to be the closest to Christ could not understand him. They just saw the Messiah as one of their neighbors which have nothing extraordinary in him. This is why it takes faith to see the glory of God in Jesus of Nazareth and this is still true even in our present times. This is why God enables us by faith to embrace Jesus Christ crucified as our Savior. He is the one who removes our prejudices to awaken our hearts. It is in God’s power that we come to understand the deeper things of life. He moves us from superficiality of our religion towards a saving knowledge appropriated only by faith in Christ. Isaiah gave us the prophecy about the suffering of our Lord Jesus Christ. He gave us an image where we should realize that we should not be judging based upon appearance. Isaiah says he is “like a tender green shoot, like a root in dry ground.” Then Isaiah describes his face as hideous because of his sufferings that people avoided him. God sink so low that he became like us. God provided us the only remedy for the guilt that continues to pester us that if not removed will lead us to destruction. By his love, he paid the price so that our lives will be restored again into the life he originally planned for us.