Matthew 26:56 But all this has taken place that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples left him and fled.
Isaiah 53:3 He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Some 700 years before Christ, Isaiah declared the word of the Lord foretelling the coming of a King who would rule the nations (Isaiah 9:6-7). Yet in a most astonishing revelation, he also disclosed that this coming King would be a suffering Servant, rejected by men, crushed by the will of the Father, and would bear the punishment for “our iniquities” (Isaiah 53:3-6). In God’s divine plan, Jesus the Son came not only as fulfillment to Isaiah’s prophecies, but as fulfillment to every Old Testament prophecy! His life; message; miraculous works; and ultimately his death, burial, and resurrection with perfection fulfilled all that God promised through the prophets. “This Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men…Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified” (Acts 2:23, 36)
Point to Ponder and for Prayer:
Christ, the King and the Suffering Servant, was rejected by men and crushed for our sins. Only Jesus could fulfill the “Scriptures of the prophets.” Only Jesus could perfectly pay the price for our sins. And only Jesus will reign forever as both Lord and Christ!