Messiah or Israel?
The prophets speak of God’s “Servant.” In many ways this servant sounds like Israel. In fact many Jewish scholars interpret these passage that way, but to apply those passages totally to Israel is illogical and impossible. The ultimate Servant is Jesus – the ultimate Jew.
“When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called My son.
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 bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.
Isaiah 42: 1,4, (Also Isaiah 61:2 cf Luke 4:16-19)
“Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One in whom My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles….He will not fail nor be discouraged, Till He has established justice in the earth.