Was Jesus’ death and resurrection prophesied? I think so. Was it prophesied that he would suffer on our behalf? I think so. Try “prophesied 500 years before Jesus came on the scene” on for size:
Isaiah 53:10 (My Translation)
Yet Yahweh was pleased to crush [the servant]; he afflicted [him] (with sickness). If [Zion or Jerusalem] places his life a guilt offering
Then Something Miraculous Happens: Isaiah 53:10–12 (My Translation)
[The servant] will see offspring, he will prolong days and the will of Yahweh in his hand will succeed. From the trouble of his life he will see light. He will be satisfied.
In his knowledge, my righteous servant shall make the many righteouss and he will bear their iniquities.
Therefore I will divide to him [a portion] among the many, and with [the] strong ones he shall divide bounty, because he exposed his life to death and was counted with transgressors, and he carried [the] sin of many and will intercede for transgressors.
A Poem to Reflect on: “The Lost Servant”
Along the way we have discovered truth
But we some how lost our way
In the light we saw the beginning
But we lost sight of he who first saw lightWhen we thought of resurrection
We said, “No it could never be”
But there is a beginning for everything
New life is now what we see
To all those who lost the servant
And to all who wish to reclaim him
Here is your servant
Resurrected. Restorative. Reconciliatory.
Once lost, but always found
May kings shut their mouths at him
And all who follow his example
—From the “Dedication” of my forthcoming book, The Resurrected Servant in Isaiah.