Jesus and Isaiah 53

Sami Zaatari


Many Christians are fond of quoting Isaiah 53 because they believe that it speaks of Jesus' sacrifice for humankind.

Here is Isaiah 53 in full:

Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

So Christians quote this and say this is referring to Jesus! Now if anyone studies the Christian doctrine then they would know that the Christian doctrine teaches that Jesus was killed as a sacrifice for man, and on top of that he was raised after 3 days, the resurrection is one of the main and most important theme, without the resurrection then Christianity is false, and Jesus died as a common criminal.

Now where in Isaiah 53 does it mention any of the following:

-That the suffering servant will be resurrected

-That the suffering servant will be resurrected after 3 days

Isaiah 53 says absolutely nothing about a resurrection, and the whole Christian doctrine is centred around the resurrection, as Paul the father of Christianity himself stated:

 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain (1 Corinthians 15:14)

So the resurrection of Jesus is THE essential pillar of Christianity, without it Christianity is nothing, and is false.

So with all of that we must ask why is the resurrection not even mentioned in Isaiah 53, surely if the resurrection is the most important thing then this would be mentioned, yet no mention to any rising from the dead is mentioned at all.

So in conclusion Isaiah 53 is no help to the Christian doctrine, it is a great refutation to it, as it mentions nothing about the resurrection.

And Allah Knows Best!