Bible passage: Isaiah 53:7
Written: Between 701-681 BC
In the 53rd chapter of the book of Isaiah, which is in the Old Testament of the Bible, there is a long series of prophecies about the Messiah. In Isaiah 53:7, for example, Isaiah prophesied that the Messiah would be oppressed and silent, like a lamb being led to its slaughter. As explained in the book, 100 Prophecies:
The words of Isaiah aptly describe what happened to Jesus about 2,000 years ago, when he was being led to his execution. Many religious leaders in Jerusalem plotted to have Jesus killed. Jesus was arrested, falsely accused, put on trial, and crucified. But, like a lamb being led to its death, Jesus did not resist.
In fact, when one of Jesus' followers drew a sword and cut off the ear of one of the men who had come to arrest him, he healed the man's ear, told his followers to stop resisting, and allowed himself to be arrested. This is described in Luke 22:47-54.
Jesus continued to be cooperative during the trial that followed his arrest. During key moments of the trial, Jesus chose to be silent rather than to resist or protest the charges against him, even though his accusers were seeking to have him executed.
- 100 Prophecies, Chapter 5.
After the trial, Jesus was crucified and executed by the Romans.
- Research and commentary is based on the book 100 Prophecies. © Ray Konig and AboutBibleProphecy.com.
Here is Isaiah 53:7:
He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.
(New International Version translation)