Prophecies of the Messiah – The Suffering Servant


Week 4 in the preaching series looking at some of the prophecies of the Messiah. Over the 4 weeks in November NEW Beginnings Uniting will be looking at some of the important prophecies about the Messiah found in the Old Testament. This week Simon explores how Jesus fulfilled the prophecy that the Messiah will be the suffering servant. This is one of the most influential prophecies about Jesus found in Isaiah 52:13 - 53:12


A helpful table of the prophecies predicted in Isaiah and the fulfilments by Jesus
by Efraim Goldstein (

would be disfigured by suffering
(52:14; 53:2-3)
was struck, spat on and mocked (Mark 15:17-19)
would come from humble beginnings
grew up in Nazareth, a city with a very (53:2) poor reputation; and not where the Messiah was expected to come from (Luke 2:39-4051)
would be rejected by many
while on the cross, was mocked, blasphemed and reviled, even by those who were crucified with him (Matthew 27:39-44)
would bear our sins and suffer in our place (53:4-6,11)“…himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds, you have been healed.” (1 Peter 2:24)
would heal many (53:4-5)healed many (Matthew 8:16-17)
voluntarily took our punishment upon himself (53:6-7)said, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” (John 10:11)
remained silent during his suffering (53:7)did not defend himself to Herod, Pontius Pilate or the Sanhedrin (Matthew 26:62-6427:11-14Luke 23:9)
would die (53:8,12)died on a cross (Mark 15:37John 19:33-34)
would be buried with a rich man (53:9)was buried in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea, a rich man (Matthew 27:57-60)
would not remain dead, but see his seed, prolong his days and be exalted (53:10-11)rose from the dead three days after the crucifixion and still lives today and millions of people see themselves as his spiritual seed (Matthew 28:1-10)