Isa.52:13-15 – “Look! My servant will prosper and succeed!
He will be highly honored, raised up, and greatly exalted!
Just as many were appalled at the sight of him
(for so marred was his appearance, like an object of horror;
he no longer looked like a man),
so now he will startle many nations.
Kings will be shocked speechless before him.
For they will now see a sight unheard of,
and things never considered before now fill their thoughts.”
Shocked speechless; that is the best way to describe our response to the birth, life, and death of Jesus of Nazareth. He was born of a virgin, shocking. He is God in the form of a man, shocking. He was raised in a common, working class family, shocking. His teaching and miracles were shocking, His betrayal was shocking. His suffering and death leave us speechless. The results of His death and resurrection have continued to shock us speechless. Our miserable lives have been restored and made complete by Jesus of Nazareth. Here are some comments from the Passion Notes on His horrifying death.
“This section of Isaiah is perhaps the greatest description of the life, crucifixion, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, apart from the four Gospels. Up to this point in Isaiah’s writings, the “Servant” has been described as the true Prophet, Teacher, and victorious Redeemer, with no hint whatsoever that his activity would be interrupted by death. But in this section we find him as the unparalleled Suffering Servant and Sin-Bearer who died for us. The prophecy found here is the most remarkable in all of the Old Testament of the sufferings of Jesus Christ and the glory that followed (1 Peter 1:11). Isa. 52:13 through Isa. 53 is quoted in all four Gospels, Acts, Romans, and 1 Peter. It is the epicenter of the gospel.”
To think that the Son of God who became a man was marred more than any man is astounding. His suffering was not only physical, He also carried the suffering of our sinfulness in His death on the cross. This mystery is beyond comprehension unless…. Unless you have a glimpse of His work of redemption which is the fruit of the suffering of Jesus. Christ suffered and died to save sinners. He suffered and died for me. How does that effect me? I am shocked speechless.