Isaiah Saw Him 700 Years Ahead
One precious book I have owned for decades is "A Doctor at Calvary" by Pierre Barbet, MD subtitled "The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ as Described by a Surgeon."
"The Gospels reveal only the barest essentials about the physical sufferings of our Lord. But in this mind-opening book, Dr. Barbet relies heavily on his close analysis of the Holy Shroud of Turin to recreate every stage of the Passion with heart-rending precision and detail. The result: a minor classic of spirituality by a modern layman. For Lenten meditation, this book is unsurpassed." (from the book's back cover)
Our Lord as Suffering Servant was foretold by the Prophet Isaiah about 700 years before the Passion took place. It is also a vivid description of the sufferings of our Lord and why He underwent them. Mel Gibson's movie, "The Passion of the Christ," showing brutal acts that disfigured His entire Sacred Body is probably an accurate depiction of the prophet's description and must have made use of Dr. Barbet's book.
The Prophecy (suitable for Lenten Meditation):
1 Who has believed what we have heard?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
2 . . . he had no form or comeliness that we should look at him,
and no beauty that we should desire him.
3 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.
4 Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions,
he was bruised for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that made us whole,
and with his stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned every one to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
yet he opened not his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
and like a sheep that before its shearers is dumb,
so he opened not his mouth.
8 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,
stricken for the transgression of my people?
9 And they made his grave with the wicked
and with a rich man in his death,
although he had done no violence,
and there was no deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it was the will of the Lord to bruise him;
he has put him to grief;
when he makes himself an offering for sin,
he shall see his offspring, he shall prolong his days;
the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand;
11 he shall see the fruit of the travail of his soul and be satisfied;
by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,
make many to be accounted righteous;
and he shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will divide him a portion with the great,
and he shall divide the spoil with the strong;
because he poured out his soul to death,
and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.
- Isaiah 53:1-12
"But God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)