I love the Book of Isaiah, so chockablock is it with the spot-on prophecy of Jesus Christ and his life-giving gospel, as well as all that shall, indeed, transpire upon his return. That return is, of course, wonderful news to his followers, but death, destruction and eternal damnation to all who are not in Christ, who have not asked him to wash away their sins by putting all of their faith — their full trust — on him, and him alone.
In my rereading of Isaiah first thing this morning, the following verses from the latter part of Chapter 52 and the whole of Chapter 53 inspired me to publish, herein, this miraculous articulation of the prophesy of Jesus Christ, as it was received, from God, by the great Old Testament prophet Isaiah, who lived and prophesied in the 8th century B.C.
That’s right, this was prophesied 700+ years before Jesus’ birth.
In the opening verses, below, God, the Father, is speaking directly of his Son, his servant, Jesus Christ.
13 Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high.
14 As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:
15 So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.
1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 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.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because 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.
Jesus did, indeed, bear all of our sins, our iniquities, in his own body on the cross, died and rose again for our salvation, as a means to, literally, redeem us from deserved death and eternal damnation.
With his stripes (from the scourging he received for our sakes) we are, thereby, healed. And all that God, the Father, asks of us is that we wholeheartedly believe on, and confess with our mouths, his Son, Jesus Christ, the lamb of God who was sacrificed so that we — you and I — may live.
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