He Was Counted Among The Rebels

Sunday March 27, 2022

Dr. Richard L. Hamm

We are looking at the prophecies Jesus fulfilled in Isaiah 53. The final verse of Isaiah 53 describes the unlikely circumstance that the “Anointed One” would find Himself identifying with the lowliest of humanity and willingly submit to death in their behalf. He was counted among the rebels, interceded for them, and bore the sins of the wicked. Who would have expected the greatest man to ever live would die like a criminal. He was crucified between two criminals and accused of being like them. Anyone reading the story of a great hero would expect that hero to come from noble origins. But the story of Jesus begins with a humble birth in a stable and attended by shepherds. Therefore, it shouldn’t be surprising that when Jesus died, He died with the lowest class. 700 years prior to His coming, Isaiah wrote:  “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” (Isaiah 53:12b). What are the odds that a rebel would be the Messiah and Against All Odds, the Messiah would be a rebel.