The Gospel According to Isaiah 53 presents the redemptive work of the Messiah to the Jewish community, exploring issues of atonement and redemption in light of Isaiah chapter 53. It is clear that Jesus fulfills the specifications of the suffering servant of Isaiah 53.
This book has many potential uses in its presentation of the gospel for Jewish people. Pastors who study it will find unparalleled help in preparing Bible studies and sermons, so that their listeners will become better equipped to tell Jewish people about Jesus. It will be beneficial as supplemental reading for classes on Isaiah, the Prophets, and Jewish evangelism. And believers will be trained to share Isaiah 53 with Jewish friends and family.
“The third legitimate issue arises from the possibility that where the text refers to ‘my servant’ as one who suffers on behalf of Israel, this could perhaps refer to some part of the nation—a remnant group within Israel.” (Page 42)
“Regarding the individual vs. corporate identity of the Servant” (Page 75)
“Moreover, to my knowledge, all those who take the meaning of ‘guilt [reparation] offering’ in Isaiah 53:10 do not mean to imply that the Servant literally becomes an animal offering.29 Rather, it is a figure of speech for the Servant’s substitutionary (‘place-taking’) bearing of the consequences of the guilt-incurring encroachments of the people of Israel in order to make reparation for them to restore them to the Lord as his servant nation (see the collective uses of ‘servant’ in Isaiah 40–55 discussed earlier in this chapter). Moreover, those among the Gentiles who trust in this Servant will also find redemption and restoration along with Israel (see more on this below).” (Pages 46–47)
“On a larger, contextual level, it should be noted that the Servant of the Lord (Hebrew, עֶבֶד) is mentioned a total of nineteen times in Isaiah 40–51, sometimes with reference to the nation of Israel as a whole (41:8–9; 42:19 [2x]; 43:10; 44:21 [2x]; 45:4; 48:20), and sometimes with reference to a righteous individual within the nation (49:3, 5–7; 50:10).” (Page 75)
“The main point is that our understanding of ISAIAH 53 should begin with the experience of the prophetic Suffering Servant as an essential and core factor in the institution of prophecy. The importance of Jesus as the messianic Davidic king, and therefore the institution of kingship, is also important. It is doubtful, however, that this kingship is what is being drawn upon in ISAIAH 53.” (Pages 40–41)