The Gospel According to Isaiah 53: Prediction about Jesus Life #2- His coming will be notable. (53:1-2)

(1)  Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? (2)  For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground:

Isiah 53:1-2


Verse 2 emphasizes both the deity and humanity of Jesus Christ. What does the expression “tender plant” mean? Dr. John Phillips tells a story about a gardener who helped him understand what a “tender plant” is. The gardener pointed out that “all plants are catalogued in one of three ways: they are hardy, half-hardy or tender. A hardy plant is one native to the area.  It will take ready root because it feels at home there. A half-hardy plant is not native to the area, but it comes from a place that is similar.  It will readily grow where it is planted because it finds the climate, the type of soil, the temperature, and the weather similar to what it has been used to. A tender plant, however, well, that’s another story.  It comes from quite a different place.  It does not find the soil in its new location congenial, nor does it like the climate.  It really belongs somewhere else.  It is an exotic plant from far, far away.” 

Isaiah says our Lord was on earth as a tender plant.  He comes here from far, far away.  He was not a native of this planet of ours.  His nature was not like ours because He was God in flesh.  He had no sin nature, but rather He was absolutely holy.

Isaiah describes Him being like a “root out of a dry ground”. Imagine walking through the most barren dessert, as parched as anyone you have ever seen in any movie depicting such things, and there right in the middle of a sand dune you see a gigantic, bright green watermelon connected to a vine coming out of the ground. That would blow your mind.  You may even be tempted to consider it a mirage.

In terms of Israel’s history this is exactly what Jesus’ coming was like. The prediction is that He would be like a “root out of dry ground”. God had not spoken.  There had been no new revelation from God for 400 years.In terms of God working and revealing like He had, it was a time of desert.Jesus’ coming, like all that we celebrate with Christmas and Easter, was quite extraordinary. There was no new Word from God for hundreds of years, and then the Word made flesh, dwelling among us. Like a watermelon in the desert- like a root out of dry ground- he showed up and changed everything.

Hebrews, which we will be studying in the weeks to come, states it this way:

(1)  God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets (2)  Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

Hebrews 1:1-2


When we get saved God regenerates our hearts. The Bible says that those who are in Christ are a new creation. We ought to be different from the world in the way we think, act, and live. When we get saved our new home and our new, first citizenship is in heaven.  We live for a new city and a new country. That means that like Jesus, we are no longer of this world, though we are in this world. We are missionaries, realizing that we are still on the earth to proclaim Christ to those around us.


Lord, please help me to not love this world system, and to make sure that I identify myself as a citizen of heaven first and foremost.

The Gospel According to Isaiah 53: Predictions about Jesus’s Life

Prediction #1- His identity would be a servant.

(13)  Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high.

Isaiah 52:13


Isaiah 53 really starts in Isaiah 52:13 and is the last of 4 “servant songs” in the book of Isaiah.

You can find these 4 songs in :

  • Isaiah 42:1-9
  • Isaiah 49:1-13
  • Isaiah 50:4-11

  • Here in Isaiah 52:13- 53:12.

It is clear from these servant songs that the Messiah is in view, as we shall see here in Isaiah 53, and some of the other passages in the coming messages. With that in mind, let’s read the first verse in this section

Some of the confusion that the jews had about Jesus many still have to this day. They understood the Messiah to be a conquering king. From this passage though, we learn that the Messiah would be a servant.  He was a servant of God.

As we look at this verse in particular, the scripture starts out by saying that the servant shall “deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high”. Why would this servant song start this way?  Because he is about to predict his bloody torture, death, and sacrifice.

As you will see from the coming points, the Messiah would be a servant and come to serve. In these servant songs you see a contrast between being rejected, and being successful. You see a contrast between being a servant and being worshipped. You see a contrast between being humble and being exalted.

This is exactly what we saw in the life of Jesus. Here is what he told his apostles:

(8)  But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.

(9)  And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.

(10)  Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.

(11)  But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

Matthew 23:8-11

This theme and instruction is also seen in Matthew 20.

(25)  But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.

(26)  But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;

(27)  And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:

(28)  Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

Matthew 20:25-28

Jesus made the statement that His whole reason for coming was to serve.  He backed it up not only with his ministry- doing things like washing the disciples’ feet, healing the sick, feeding the hungry, teaching the Word, and reaching people.  He ultimately served by giving his life a ransom for ministry.


Of course, it is worth stating that to be a Christ follower we must be servants as well. To be like him is to put others ahead of ourselves. Our orientation toward each other would be to serve each other. Even leaders ought to be servant leaders. 


Heavenly Father, please make me a servant. Help me to have the mind of Christ. He knew that He was God and yet still came to serve. Help me to serve those in my care well today. Amen.

Battle Ready: Battlefield Prayer

 We must pray because prayer is essential in spiritual battle.  We can see how essential it is by observing three elements of battlefield prayer.

  1. The Occasion of Battlefield Prayer. (v. 18a.)
  2. The Persistence of Battlefield Prayer. (v.18b)
  3. The Requests of Battlefield Prayer. (v.18-20)

Battle Ready: The Requests of Battlefield Prayer- Boldness


that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

(20)  For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

Ephesians 6:19b-20


The second thing he prayed for in verses 19 and 20 is closely connect to utterance. Paul prayed for boldness.

It is critical to know what to say at the moment of opportunity.  This is utterance. It is just as important to have the courage to say it at the moment of opportunity.  This is boldness. Boldness includes exactly what he is making request for to them- “that I may open my mouth…”. Speaking up instead of remaining silent takes boldness.

The content Paul was giving was the “mystery of the gospel”.  He saw himself as “an ambassador” of the Gospel “in bonds”.  Do not miss that He was in jail as he wrote this letter.  Do you think that if you were in jail for the gospel’s sake that you might be tempted to be silent?  Do you think that boldness would be elusive?

Paul saw boldness as a duty- as a part of being an ambassador.  Look at that the last phrase:  “…that therein (in bonds) I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.


Do you see utterance of the Gospel and boldness to declare the Gospel as duty? Do you see the importance of praying for boldness? In my mind, Paul is quite bold.  Yet, there is something in him that makes him that keeps him from speaking up for Christ.  It’s for that reason he asks the Ephesians to pray for hm to be bold. If that is the case for Paul, it must be the case for us.


God, give me boldness to speak the Gospel for you today!