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John 12:38 & 41
“But although He, (Jesus), had done so many signs before them, they did not believe in Him, that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke: ‘Lord, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?’ These things Isaiah said when he saw His glory and spoke of Him.”
We have seen the cross foreshadowed in the books of the law and in the Psalms. We now turn to one of the best known chapters in the books of prophecy, Isaiah 53, from which John quoted in the verses above. Isaiah is the most frequently quoted Old Testament prophet in the New Testament and chapter 53 is a clear signpost pointing to the events of that day in Jerusalem which was hundreds of years in the future as far as Isaiah was concerned. Again we will take some of its phrases and link them to New Testament verses which will show us how clearly the events at that time mirrored the prophecies of Isaiah. It will not be a comprehensive list but will certainly illustrate the point.
Verse 3: “He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.” Matthew 27:29-31 “Then they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head. And when they had mocked Him, they took the robe off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him away to be crucified.”
Verse 5: “But He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.” Mark 15:15 “So Pilate, wanting to gratify the crowd, released Barabbas to them; and he delivered Jesus, after he had SCOURGED HIM, to be crucified.”
Verse 7: “He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth.”
Matthew 27:12 “And while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders, He answered nothing.”
Verse 12: “He was numbered with the transgressors.” Matt 27:38 “Then two robbers were crucified with Him, one on the right and another on the left.”
Verse 8: For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was stricken." Mark 15:37 “And Jesus cried out with a loud voice, and breathed His last.”
Other phrases could be used in the same way but there is another very important truth running right through the chapter, which is that the death of the Son of God was a SUBSTITUTIONARY death. Read the chapter through underlining the phrases that make that clear.