When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put Him to death:
And when they had bound Him, they led Him away, and delivered Him to Pontius Pilate the governor.
Then Judas, which had betrayed Him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,
Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? See thou to that.
And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.
And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood.
And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in.
Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day.
Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value; this day in a dream because of him.
But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.
The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas.
Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let Him be crucified.
And the governor said, Why, what evil hath He done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let Him be crucified.
When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.
Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.
Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered Him to be crucified.
Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto Him the whole band of soldiers.
And they stripped Him, and put on Him a scarlet robe.
And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon His head, and a reed in His right hand: and they bowed the knee before Him, and mocked Him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!
Isa. 53:1 Who hath believed our report? And to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
Isa. 53:2 For He shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: He hath no form nor comeliness; And when we shall see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him.
These words do not mean that Christ was unattractive in person. In the eyes of the Jews, Christ had no beauty that they should desire Him. They looked for a Messiah who would come with outward display and worldly glory, one who would do great things for the Jewish nation, exalting it above every other nation on the earth. But Christ came with His divinity hidden by the garb of humanity, unobtrusive, humble, poor. They compared this man with the proud boasts they had made, and they could see no beauty in Him. They did not discern the holiness and purity of His character. The grace and virtue revealed in His life did not appeal to them.
Prophecy foretold that Christ was to appear as a root out of dry ground….
This chapter should be studied. It presents Christ as the Lamb of God. Those who are lifted up with pride, whose souls are filled with vanity, should look upon this picture of their Redeemer, and humble themselves in the dust. The entire chapter should be committed to memory. Its influence will subdue and humble the soul defiled by sin and uplifted by self-exaltation.
Think of Christ's humiliation. He took upon Himself fallen, suffering human nature, degraded and defiled by sin. He took our sorrows, bearing our grief and shame. He endured all the temptations wherewith man is beset. He united humanity with divinity: a divine spirit dwelt in a temple of flesh. He united Himself with the temple.
"The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,"
because by so doing, He could associate with the sinful, sorrowing sons and daughters of Adam.
Isa. 53:3 And we hid as it were our faces from Him; He was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Isa. 53:4 Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows:
Isa. 53:4 Yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
Isa. 53:5 But He was wounded for our transgressions,
It was not alone by dying on the cross that Christ accomplished His work of saving men. The ignominy and suffering and humiliation was a part of His mission….
This penalty Christ bore for the sins of the transgressor; He has borne the punishment for every man and for this reason He can ransom every soul, however fallen his condition, if he will accept the law of God as his standard of righteousness.
Isa. 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned every one, to his own way; And the LORD hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
Isa. 53:7 He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth:
Isa. 53:7 He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, So He openeth not His mouth.
Isa. 53:8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: And who shall declare his generation? For He was cut off out of the land of the living: For the transgression of my people was He stricken.
Isa. 53:9 And He made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in His death; Because He had done no violence, neither was any deceit in His mouth.
Satan assailed Him [Christ] in every point, yet He sinned not in thought, word, or deed. He did no violence, neither was guile found in His mouth. Walking in the midst of sin, He was holy, harmless, undefiled. He was wrongfully accused, yet He opened not His mouth to justify Himself. How many now, when accused of that of which they are not guilty, feel that there is a time when forbearance ceases to be a virtue, and losing their temper, speak words which grieve the Holy Spirit?
Isa. 53:10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He hath put Him to grief: when thou shalt make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.
Isa. 53:11 He shall see of the travail of His soul, and shall be satisfied: By his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; For He shall bear their iniquities.
Isa. 53:12 Therefore will I divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong; Because He hath poured out His soul unto death: And He was numbered with the transgressors; And He bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
The angels were waiting to welcome Jesus as He ascended after His resurrection. The heavenly host longed to greet again their loved Commander, returned to them from the prison house of death. Eagerly they pressed about Him as He entered the gates of heaven. But He waved them back. His heart was with the lonely, sorrowing band of disciples whom He had left upon Olivet. It is still with His struggling children on earth, who have the battle with the destroyer yet to wage.
The spotless Son of God hung upon the cross, His flesh lacerated with stripes; Those hands so often reached out in blessing, nailed to the wooden bars; Those feet so tireless on ministries of love, spiked to the tree; That royal head pierced by the crown of thorns; those quivering lips shaped to the cry of woe.
And all that He endured, the blood drops that flowed from His head, His hands, His feet, the agony that racked His frame, and the unutterable anguish that filled His soul at the hiding of His Father's face, speaks to each child of humanity, declaring,
It is for thee, that the Son of God consents to bear this burden of guilt; For thee, He spoils the domain of death, and opens the gates of Paradise.
He who stilled the angry waves and walked the foam-capped billows, Who made devils tremble and disease flee, Who opened blind eyes and called forth the dead to life, Offers Himself upon the cross as a sacrifice, and this from love to thee.
He, The Sin Bearer, endures the wrath of divine justice, and for thy sake, becomes sin itself.
Righteousness Through Christ For God hath made Jesus to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Jesus 2 Cor. 5:21
Righteousness Through Christ The love existing between the Father and His Son cannot be portrayed. It is measureless. In Christ, God saw the beauty and perfection of excellence that dwells in Himself. Wonder, O heavens, and be astonished, O earth, for God spared not His own Son, but gave Him up to be made sin for us, that those who believe may be made the righteousness of God in Him. . . .