What did Jesus look like? He looked very ordinary, a man of sorrows and familiar with suffering. He was, after all, our Substitute.

Scripture: Isaiah 53:1-5

ESV Text: Isaiah 53:1-5

Isaiah 53:1-5 (Listen)

53:1 Who has believed what he has heard from us?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
For he grew up before him like a young plant,
and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
and no beauty that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by men;
a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his stripes we are healed. (ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 53

     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: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. 3 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.

     4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 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.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 142, st. 1-2:
A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. A Lamb goes uncomplaining forth, 
The guilt of all men bearing; 
And laden with the sins of earth, 
None else the burden sharing! 
Goes patient on, grows weak and faint, 
To slaughter led without complaint, 
That spotless life to offer; 
Bears shame and stripes, and wounds and death, 
Anguish and mockery, and saith, 
“Willing all this I suffer.” 


2. This Lamb is Christ, the soul’s great Friend, 
The Lamb of God, our Savior; 
Him God the Father chose to send 
To gain for us His favor. 
“Go forth, My Son,” the Father saith, 
“And free men from the fear of death, 
From guilt and condemnation. 
The wrath and stripes are hard to bear, 
But by Thy Passion men shall share 
The fruit of Thy salvation.”