Isaiah was told to go and tell the people about the coming Messiah. However, the Messiah was still hundreds of years away. He gave specific details about what the Messiah would go through.
It is important to know that the details of what the Messiah went through are important when you know that it was all for us.
Isaiah told the people that the Messiah would be a servant. This was not what the people were expecting him to be. He was expected to be the king! Why would Isaiah say this person would be someone who serves?? The king doesn’t serve!
Next, he told the people that the Messiah would be rejected by men. The Messiah would come to serve the people and yet they would reject him! The story of Barabbas is a good example of Jesus being rejected by men.
Pilate offered to release Jesus or Barabbas. The crowd wanted Barabbas. This man was a murderer. They would rather have him over the Messiah.
Lastly, he said the Messiah would be beaten.
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. (Isaiah 53:5, NIV)
Here are the Conversation Starters for this week:
- So, if Isaiah lived hundreds of years before Jesus, do you think this was God’s plan all along?
- What’s the difference between a servant and a king? Can one person be both?
- Have you ever served someone? How? (Parent: tell of a time you served.)
- If Jesus was rejected by many people, why do you think he still died on the cross?
- Jesus could have stopped it all, but he never opened his mouth. Why didn’t he?
- Jesus came and died for us on the cross. Have you ever accepted Christ as your personal Lord and Savior?
As always, adjust where needed! God bless.