Evidence of the Word of God as divinely inspired is unmistakably obvious and undeniable when one reads the explicitly accurate description of God’s judgment on the humanity of Christ as He hung on the Cross. Recall that Isaiah’s portrait preceded the actual events of the crucifixion some seven hundred years. Evil men hurled their wrath upon the Son of God as Satan desperately sought to induce physical death upon Jesus before salvation could be accomplished. The Adversary failed in that.
When God judged the Son for our sins, darkness prevented man from seeing the agony of soul imposed upon the Savior by God. In those three hours of Divine judgment upon Jesus, the prophet Isaiah reveals why such a Sacrifice was required to atone for the sins of mankind. “All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way” (Isa 53:6a NASB). Paul reiterated the words of the psalmist found in Psalms 14:1-3 which stated the status of all humanity prior to salvation. The apostle wrote … “What shall we conclude then? Are we any better? Not at all! We have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under sin. As it is written: "There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away; they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good [God’s will], not even one" (Rom 3:9-12 NIV).
Thus Isaiah, characterizing the human race and particularly his nation as sheep, chose an object lesson very familiar to his people. Scripture spoke of Israel as sheep and God as her shepherd. That most familiar psalm by David … “the Lord is my Shepherd” (Ps 23:1a) was not only his testimony but was to be the relationship of the nation to her God. Yet all too often the nation failed to be faithful to God and the psalmist would write … “But My people did not listen to My voice; and Israel did not obey Me. So I gave them over to the stubbornness of their heart, to walk in their own devices” (Ps 81:11-12 NASB).
Another of God’s prophets, Zechariah, speaking of the generation that would be living at the time of the incarnation, prophesied of the peoples’ unbelief that would result in rejecting the Messiah. He spoke of the consequences of their stubbornness and rebellion. "But they refused to pay attention, and turned a stubborn shoulder and stopped their ears from hearing. And they made their hearts like flint so that they could not hear the law and the words which the LORD of hosts had sent by His Spirit through the former prophets; therefore great wrath came from the LORD of hosts” (Zech 7:11-12 NASB). Hardness of heart on part of the nation failed to properly evaluate their spiritual condition and receive the good news concerning their sins … “and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isa 53:6b NIV).
Though Isaiah’s portrait vividly painted the events of the Cross, unbelief vented toward Messiah could not see that … “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” (Isa 53:7 NIV). Speaking of Messiah, another prophet, Jeremiah, wrote … “Moreover, the LORD made it known to me and I knew it; then Thou didst show me their deed, but I was like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter; and I did not know that they had devised plots against me, saying, "Let us destroy the tree with its fruit, and let us cut him off from the land of the living, that his name be remembered no more” (Jer 11:18-19 NASB). That thinking failed to stop God’s plan to redeem mankind, for the good news is … “that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life” (John 3:15 NIV).