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We are in a study of Isaiah 53 and I would invite you to turn to Isaiah 53 at this time, this great chapter is in many ways the heart of the Old Testament. The name Isaiah means salvation of the Lord. Isaiah's prophecy of 66 chapters, interestingly enough, is divided the same way the Bible is divided. The Bible has 39 books in the Old Testament, 27 books in the New and Isaiah has 39 books in the first half and 27 in the second half.

Isaiah is the highest form and quality of Hebrew poetry in existence. The prophecy of Isaiah is the greatest of the major prophets and contains more content than all the minor prophets combined. It should be said that if the New Testament had been lost and all we had was an account of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, there would be enough explanation and theology in Isaiah 53 to lead a sinner to full salvation. It explains the death and resurrection and exaltation of Christ. This fifty-third chapter is the Holy of Holies of the book of Isaiah. It is amazing, it is inexhaustible, and we have been saying that all along.

It is a prophecy. It is a vision into the future given to Isaiah 700 years before Jesus came. There are some remarkable visions given to the writers of Scripture and the people that we're familiar with in the Bible. For example, Moses was allowed a vision from Mount Nebo, looking over the land of Israel, and he, in a sense, was able to see that land before Israel actually took possession of it. And then Abraham, it is said of Abraham that he actually looked forward by divine revelation and saw Christ's day and rejoiced. Jacob looked into the very face of God at Bethel in that wrestling experience and saw the preincarnate Christ. The Apostle Paul was lifted up to the third heaven and saw things unlawful to speak and got a preview of what it would be like when one day after his martyrdom he entered that very heaven he saw....

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John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, as well as an author, conference speaker, president of The Master’s College and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry...

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