Who has believed our message? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of parched ground; He has no stately form or majesty that we should look upon Him, nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him. He was despised and forsaken of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely our griefs He Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried; yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was pierced through our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed. All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; but the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him. He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; like a lamb that is led to slaughter, and like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, so He did not open His mouth. By oppression and judgment He was taken away; and as for His generation, who considered that He was cut off out of the land of the living for the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due? His grave was assigned with wicked men, yet He was with a rich man in His death, because He had done no violence, nor was there any deceit in His mouth. But the Lord was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to grief; if He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days, and the good pleasure of the Lord will prosper in His hand. As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied; by His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many, as He will bear their iniquities. Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great, and He will divide the booty with the strong; because He poured out Himself to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet He Himself bore the sin of many, and interceded for the transgressors.

This week, we are considering the question: can the future be predicted? Yes, in some extraordinary cases, with God’s divine power and intervention, it certainly can be. Isaiah was living proof of that.

Isaiah foretold the truth about Christ. His predictions were so accurate about someone he had never seen or met. Only through God could Isaiah possibly know all of these things about Jesus, so many years in advance.

This prediction, often called “the suffering servant,” came from the prophet Isaiah some 700 years before Jesus was born. The person, afflictions, humiliation, and exaltations of Christ are meticulously described in this passage. Every prediction of Christ, made here and in the entire Old Testament, came true, precisely as they were foretold. They were all fulfilled in Jesus Christ. This is cause for great encouragement in the person and work of Christ. He was not God’s plan B, but God’s plan A for salvation, as evidenced by the entire Bible through passages like this one.

• How does seeing that Jesus fulfilled Isaiah’s prophecy strengthen your faith?

• What does God’s Word have to say about the future of those who believe in Him?

• Thank God for fulfilling every prophecy and keeping every promise He has ever made.