Dr. Couch, what did Christ mean in Luke 22:37 when He quoted Isaiah 53:12?
ANSWER: Isaiah 53:12 is about the work of Christ as the One who would forgive sins. The Lord said: "I tell you, that this which is written must be fulfilled in Me, 'And He was numbered with transgressors'; for that which refers to Me has its fulfillment."
Though Jesus was not a sinner, He was counted among the sinners in order to bear their sins under the wrath of God to bring about forgiveness of sins. This verse is part of the great passage about the Suffering Servant who would be a substitute for sinners. Christ also told John the Baptist that he must baptize Him in order "to fulfill all righteousness." That baptism showed that He was counted with sinners, but again, He was not one Himself!
Thanks for asking.
Dr. Mal Couch