Isaiah 53 is one of the clearest passages in the Old Testament about Messiah. This week we spend our whole time learning form this important passage. Here’s what you need to know:

Isaiah’s vision of Messiah sounds like it could be lifted right from the gospels, but it was written hundreds of years before. God’s servant would not look like anything special, would be rejected by his kinsman, would be beaten and would die. But that his death would not be punishment for his own sin, but would die for the benefit of his kin. This was God’s plan from the beginning. One dies for many to live.

Jesus would be the suffering servant that Isaiah predicted. To the letter. But even more, the suffering servant didn’t die just for Jewish people, but the new covenant is open to all through faith in Jesus. What an amazing plan!

But this plan seems so unusual. How could a suffering servant’s death bring life? Why wouldn’t God have some other, more explosive plan? God’s ways are not like ours, and His plans are not like our plans. Talk this week with your kids about how God’s plan might look strange, but it is His perfect way, and that even when things look hopeless, we can have hope in God.

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