The Prophet Isaiah prophesied over 700 years before Jesus’ birth that the Messiah, the God-Man who was predicted to come clothed in flesh and bring salvation to mankind, would be a suffering Servant that would not be welcomed by Israel because He came as a humble servant, not a conquering hero. The prediction was that the Messiah would be hated, despised, loathed, afflicted, stricken, beaten, oppressed, tortured and killed. Why would God allow His Son to be abused, afflicted and killed? Because the Lamb of God had to bear the sins of the world on His shoulders. The Lamb must be sacrificed to redeem fallen man back to God! This required a submissive, voluntary substitute who was sinless—Jesus Christ our LORD!