I’ve been waiting for several weeks for this passage to reach our BSF line-up. I’ve been reading C.J. Mahaney’s Cross Centered Life, in preparation for Easter, and he devotes the chapter, ‘Searching the Mystery’, to Isaiah 53. He asks and answers a most significant and relevant question, “What does it all mean? Why did Jesus have to die?”
Isaiah 53 answers that question.
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.
 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.
 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 silent, so he opened not his mouth.
 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?
 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.
 Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
 Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities.
 Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, 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 makes intercession for the transgressors. (Isaiah 53 ESV)
“Sinclair Ferguson’s words on the staggering implications of the crucifixion:
When we think of Christ’s dying on the cross, we are shown the lengths to which God’s love goes in order to win us back to himself. We would almost think that God loved us more than He loved His son. We cannot measure His love by any other standard. He is saying to us, ‘I love you this much.’
“The cross is the heart of the gospel; it makes the gospel good news. Christ died for us; He stood in our place before God’s judgement seat; He has born our sins. God has done something on the cross which we could never do for ourselves. But God does something to us as well as for us through the cross. He persuades us that He loves us.”