Explore the Bible Study: God Justifies

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How do you honor the sacrifice others have made for you? How does their sacrifice impact you today? It is natural to honor those who have contributed to or sacrificed for our well-being or success. The Explore the Bible Study: God Justifies, will focus on the sacrifice Jesus made.

The study examines the last of the four Servant Songs found in Isaiah 53. It tells us about the Servant who would sacrifice Himself for the purpose of paying for our sin. Through faith in the sacrificing Servant, we find forgiveness of sin and are justified before and restored into a right relationship with Holy God. This song gives us details of the Servant’s suffering and vindication. It also details how people would respond to the Servant. 

As you study Isaiah 53:1-12 the following list will help you understand how Jesus fulfilled the prophecy of the Servant. It's an amazing study and should prompt us to be thankful for how God worked to provide salvation for all those who would believe. The list is included as a handout in the Downloadable Teaching Helps.


Isaiah 53:1-3
  • John 12:37-38 – The Messiah's own people would reject Him. Isaiah 53:1 
  • Matthew 2:21-23 – The Messiah would grow up in Nazareth. The significance of this is reflected in the attitude of Nathaniel, after being invited to come and meet Jesus by Philip, asked in John 1:46, “How could anything good come out of Nazareth.” – Isaiah 53:2a
  • Philippians 2:7-8 – The Messiah would appear as an ordinary man. Isaiah 53:2b 
  • Luke 4:28-29 – The Messiah would be despised. Isaiah 53:3a 
  • Matthew 27:21-23 – The Messiah would be rejected. Isaiah 53:3b 
  • Luke 19:41-42, Matthew 26:37-38, Matthew 27:46 – The Messiah would suffer great sorrow and grief. Isaiah 53:3c 
  • Mark 14:50-52, Matthew 26:73-74 – Men would deny association with the Messiah. Isaiah 53:3d 
Isaiah 53:4-6
  • Luke 6:17-19; Matthew 8:16-17 – The Messiah bore our sorrows and sufferings. Isaiah 53:4a 
  • 1 Peter 2:24; 1 Peter 3:18 – The Messiah would bear the sins of the world upon Himself. Isaiah 53:4b 
  • Matthew 27:41-43 – Many would think the Messiah to be cursed by God. Isaiah 53:4c 
  • Luke 23:33; Hebrews 9:28 – The Messiah would bear the penalty of death for man's sins. Isaiah 53:5a 
  • Colossians 1:20; Ephesians 2:13-18 – The Messiah would be bruised for our iniquities. Isaiah 53:5b 
  • Matthew 27:26; 1 Peter 2:24 – The Messiah's back would be lashed at His trial. Isaiah 53:5c 
  • Galatians 1:4 – The Messiah would be the sin-bearer for all mankind. Isaiah 53:6 
Isaiah 53:7-9
  • Matthew 27:27-31 – The Messiah would be oppressed and afflicted. Isaiah 53:7a 
  • Matthew 27:12-14 – The Messiah would be silent as a lamb before His accusers. Isaiah 53:7b 
  • John 1:29; John 19:14-18 – The Messiah would be God's sacrificial lamb. Isaiah 53:7c 
  • Matthew 26:47-27:31 – The Messiah would be condemned and persecuted. Isaiah 53:8a 
  • John 18:13-22; Matthew 26:57-66; Matthew 27:1; Matthew 27:22; Luke 23:11 – The Messiah would be judged. Isaiah 53:8b 
  • Matthew 27:35 – The Messiah would be killed. Isaiah 53:8c 
  • 1 John 2:2 – The Messiah would die for the sins of the world. Isaiah 53:8d 
  • Matthew 27:57 – The Messiah would be buried in a borrowed rich man's tomb. Isaiah 53:9a 
  • Mark 15:3 – The Messiah would be completely innocent. Isaiah 53:9b 
  • John 18:38; Luke 23:33-34; 1 Peter 2:21-22 – The Messiah would have no deceit or guile in His mouth. Isaiah 53:9c
Isaiah 53:10-12
  • John 18:11; Romans 3:23-26 – God's will would be that the Messiah should die for all mankind. Isaiah 53:10a 
  • Matthew 20:28; Ephesians 5:2 – The Messiah would be a sin offering. Isaiah 53:10b 
  • Mark 16:16; Revelation 1:17-18 – The Messiah would be resurrected and live forever. Isaiah 53:10c 
  • John 17:1-5; Revelation 5:12 – The Messiah would prosper. Isaiah 53:10d 
  • John 12:27; Matthew 27:46 – God would be completely satisfied with the suffering of the Messiah. Isaiah 53:11a 
  • Romans 5:18-19 – The Messiah would be God's servant. Isaiah 53:11b 
  • Romans 5:8-9 – The Messiah would justify man before God. Isaiah 53:11c 
  • Hebrews 9:28 – The Messiah would be the sin offering for all mankind. Isaiah 53:11d 
  • Matthew 28:18 – The Messiah would be exalted by God for his sacrifice. Isaiah 53:12a 
  • Luke 23:46 – The Messiah would freely lay down His life to save mankind. Isaiah 53:12b 
  • Luke 23:32 – The Messiah would be counted with the criminals. Isaiah 53:12c 
  • 2 Corinthians 5:21 – The Messiah would be the sin offering for all mankind. Isaiah 53:12d 
  • Luke 23:34 – The Messiah would intercede for man to God. Isaiah 53:12e
Source: Chart: 121 Messianic prophecies of Isaiah fulfilled in Jesus Christ. AMG's Encyclopedia of Jesus' Life & Time, by Mark Water


The Bible study helps have been modified in order to provide opportunities for both online and face-to-face teaching venues. Ideas in boxes will be provided for engaging groups more when meeting in person. The boxed items could also be modified and used for online discussion as well. 

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