Moving from Isaiah’s prophecies concerning the birth of Christ we travel to his Suffering Servant in Isaiah 53.
“Who hath believed our report? And to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?”
The Jewish nation as a whole did not.
“But though he had done so many miracles before them,
yet they believed not on him:
That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled…
But they have not all obeyed the gospel,
For Esaias saith,
WHO HATH BELIEVED OUR REPORT?”
- Have you believed the report?
“And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:
But these are written,
that ye might believe
that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God;
and that believing ye might have life through his name.”
“He is despised and rejected of men…we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.”
Jesus told his disciples,
“The Son of man must suffer many things,
and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes,
and be slain, and be raised the third day…Luke 9:22…
tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God.
Jesus saith…Thou hast said;
nevertheless I say unto you,
Hearafter shall ye see
THE SON OF MAN SITTING ON THE RIGHT HAND OF POWER,
AND COMING IN THE CLOUDS OF HEAVEN.
Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying…
Behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy.
What think ye?
They answered and said,
He is guilty of death.
Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him
and others smote him with the palms of their hands…”
- What do you think?
- Is Jesus who He claimed to be, the Christ, the Son of God?
- Or is He as C. S. Lewis asked, a lunatic or a liar?
- Investigate His life, His claims, His works, then you will know. Hear Him as He speaks.
“Say ye of him,
whom the Father hath sanctified,
and sent into the world,
because I said, I am the Son of God?
If I do not the works of my Father,
believe me not.
But if I do, though ye believe not me,
believe the works:
that ye may know, and believe,
that the Father is in me, and I in him.”
“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him: and with his stripes we are healed.”
The chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude to ask for Jesus’ death. So when asked, they cried out,
“Pilate saith unto them,
What shall I do then with Jesus which is call Christ?
They all say unto him, Let him be crucified.
And the governor said,
Why, what evil hath he done?
But they cried out the more, saying,
Let him be crucified…Matthew 27:22,23…
Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree,
that we, being dead to sins,
should live unto righteousness:
by whose stripes ye were healed…1Peter 2:24…
For Christ also hath once suffered for sins,
the just for the unjust,
that he might bring us to God,
being put to death in the flesh,
but quickened by the Spirit:”
- What evil did He do? If none, what evil did He die for?
“For he hath made him to be sin for us,
who knew no sin;
that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
“he hath poured out his soul unto death; and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”
The people beheld Jesus; The rulers derided him. The soldiers mocked him. One thief railed on Him, the other sought mercy.
“And when they were come to the place which is called Calvary,
there they crucified him,
and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left…
And the people stood beholding.
And the rulers…derided him, saying,
He saved others: let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God.
And the soldiers also mocked him…
saying, If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself…
one of the malefactors railed on him, saying,
If thou be Christ save thyself and us…
the other…said unto Jesus,
Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.”
(Taken from Luke 23:33-42)
- Which one are you? What are you saying?
“But God commendeth his love toward us,
in that, while we were yet sinners,
Christ died for us.”
I was the thief crying for mercy. That thief received what he asked for.
“Jesus, said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, to day shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
All the others, the people, rulers, soldiers and the other thief could each have had the same forgiveness. For while hanging on the cross Jesus interceded for each of them and for us.
“Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.”
Jesus still offers the same for those who will believe. Some will but many won’t. But the gift is still offered. I’ve received His gift. What about you?
“For the wages of sin is death…
(Jesus paid our debt)
but the gift of God is
eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Roman 6:23, (author’s comment added)