Posted by: Toni Sprandel | March 17, 2013

The Suffering Servant – Jesus, the Messiah

When I read Isaiah 53, I saw what was prophesied hundreds of years before it happened.  Isaiah foretold how God was going to redeem sinful man back to Himself.  His plan was to send the Messiah, Jesus as the sacrifice for all of us.  As I was reading, it really struck me just how horribly Jesus was going to be treated on that sad, dark day.   And He didn’t even deserve it!  The NASB Life Application Study Bible footnote for Chapter 53 verse 1 says this: “Who would believe that God would choose to save the world through a humble, suffering servant rather than a glorious king?”  In answer to that question, not me and probably not many others either.  But that is exactly what happened.

Listen to some of the things Isaiah says will happen regarding suffering: “3He was despised and forsaken of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and like one from whom men hide their face, He was despised and we did not esteem Him.  5But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging…7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted…  10 But the LORD was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to grief;…. 12…..Yet He Himself bore the sin of many, and interceded for the transgressors.”

Isaiah says this about Jesus being a servant:  “7He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth; like a lamb that is led to slaughter, and like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, so He did not open His mouth.” The last part of verse 11 says this: “My Servant, will justify the many as He will bear their iniquities.” The LORD God called His Son Jesus, My Servant.  How many of us would allow ourselves to be treated this way and keep our mouth shut, I would venture to say, not many of us, me included.

It just amazes me that the LORD loves us that much that He was willing to go to such great lengths on our behalf.   Suffering and servanthood are what Jesus experienced here on earth on our behalf.  Once we have accepted His gift of redemption through His shed blood on the cross, our lives are to be living examples of servanthood and suffering, just like Jesus.  What does my life look like?






  1. It truly is amazing the sacrifice God was willing to make so we could be reconciled to Him. Jesus died to save us, what a tremendous blessing!

    • Amen! Thank you for reading my blog. It is amazing what He has done for us. I can never repay this wonderful gift of love!

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