ISAIAH 53: JESUS IS NOT THE SUFFERING SERVANT – Part 23

Did Jesus suffer vicariously for the sins of mankind?
Jesus is often portrayed as suffering vicariously for the sins of mankind.  No support for such a doctrine is to be found in verse 10.  The verse does not say that the servant offered himself on behalf of others.  Absolutely nothing is said about offering oneself for other people’s sins.  

ISAIAH 53: JESUS IS NOT THE SUFFERING SERVANT – Part 14

ISAIAH 53:7

Isaiah 53:7:  “as a sheep that before her shearers is dumb; and opened not his mouth”
The silence that was a bit too loud
Was Jesus humble and silent when he stood before the Jewish officials and then Pilate?  In these encounters, Jesus did not show the humility and silence with which Isaiah describes the servant in verse 7. 

ISAIAH 53: JESUS IS NOT THE SUFFERING SERVANT – Part 12

Did Jesus fulfill the Torah’s requirements for blood sacrifice (Matthew 5:17-18)? 
Under no circumstances can one say that Jesus shed his blood as a sin-offering as would be necessary under the conditions set by New Testament doctrine itself.  It is not true that “Christ died for sins, once for all … so that he might bring you to God” (1 Peter 3:18).  Jesus did not die as a result of blood loss from any wounds.  There was no shedding of blood, hence, no sacrifice!

ISAIAH 53: JESUS IS NOT THE SUFFERING SERVANT – Part 11

Not by blood loss
Presuming Jesus was nailed to the cross, did blood oozing from the nail wounds cause his death?  The Roman method of execution by crucifixion was designed as a punishment to be prolonged in order to serve as a lesson to both the victim and all onlookers.  Since no vital organ would be pierced crucifixion usually caused a slow death.  If the victim expired within a short time he would deprive his executioners of satisfactorily meting out the sentence in accordance with their concept of justice.  

ISAIAH 53: JESUS IS NOT THE SUFFERING SERVANT – Part 10

The rest of the story
John’s claim that Jesus was “scourged” during the trial before Pilate (John 19:1) leaves open the extent of injury incurred by Jesus at the hands of the Romans.  Generally, the normal Roman thoroughness, when it came to torture, would have left no doubts of torture being inflicted. Jesus would have bled profusely and would have had great difficulty standing on his feet. 

ISAIAH 53: JESUS IS NOT THE SUFFERING SERVANT – Part 9

Continued from Part 8

ISAIAH 53:5

53:5:  “But he was wounded as a result of our transgressions, he was crushed as a result of our iniquities.” 

Christian renderings of the Hebrew text attempt to convey the message that the servant vicariously took upon himself the sins of the people, and this caused him, and not them, to suffer the consequences. 

ISAIAH 53: JESUS IS NOT THE SUFFERING SERVANT – Part 8

ISAIAH 53:4

5:4:  “Surely our diseases he did bear, and our pains he carried; but we considered him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.”

The servant as a vehicle for bearing “our” diseases and pains.
Did Jesus heal the sick and infirm?  Matthew makes use of Isaiah 53:4.  He writes:  “This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah, ‘He took our sicknesses and carried our diseases’