The Prophecy: The Messiah will die in order to forgive the sins of the nation

The Prophecy: The Messiah will die in order to forgive the sins of the nation 

“Surely he has borne our sicknesses, and carried our sorrows;
yet we considered him plagued, stricken by God, and afflicted. 

But he was pierced for our transgressions.
He was crushed for our iniquities.
The punishment that brought our peace was on him;
and by his wounds we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray.
Everyone has turned to his own way;
and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all…
My righteous servant will justify many by the knowledge of himself; and he will bear their iniquities.” Isaiah 53:4-6, 11 

This prophecy foresees that the Messiah would be punished for our sins. The judgment of God which should have come upon us came upon the Messiah, so that our sins could be forgiven. The Talmud interprets this passage to be a reference to the Messiah: “What is his [the Messiah’s] name?… The Rabbis said, ‘His name is “The Leprous Scholar,” as it is written, “Surely he has borne our sicknesses, and carried our sorrows; yet we considered him a leper [plagued], stricken by God, and afflicted.”‘” Sanhedrin 98b 16 

 

The Fulfillment of the Prophecy: Jesus died in order to forgive the sins of the nation 

Jesus lived a sinless life and died to forgive us our sins: “For you were called to this, because the Messiah also suffered for us, leaving you an example, that you should follow his steps, who did not sin, ‘neither was deceit found in his mouth.’ When he was cursed, he did not curse back. When he suffered, he did not threaten, but committed himself to him who judges righteously. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live to righteousness. You were healed by his wounds.” 1 Peter 2:21-24 

Through faith in Jesus we can be free from the power and penalty of sin. Jesus taught his disciples: “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36

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