Thursday, March 31, 2016

Excited About an Old Testament Prophesy

I’m blown away by this passage every Easter. The suffering servant passage, as it’s called, is one of the reasons I believe the Bible is God’s Word – written by humans who were inspired by God.

This prophesy by Isaiah was written 700 years before Jesus’ birth! There’s no way Isaiah, on his own, imagined this servant who so closely mirrors Jesus and his atoning death. Some say Jesus knew the Old Testament prophesies and purposely fulfilled them, like riding into Jerusalem on a donkey (Zechariah 9:9). But there’s no way Jesus could have orchestrated his death and burial to fulfill all the details of Isaiah’s prophesy. In addition, the idea that one man could atone for our sin and bring us into God’s family was unimaginable.

It’s a longer section of scripture than I normally include, but worth reading in one sitting while the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection is fresh in your mind. Be amazed!

There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance,
Nothing to attract us to him.
He was despised and rejected –
A man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief.
We turned our backs on him and looked the other way.
He was despised, and we did not care.

Yet it was our weaknesses he carried;
It was our sorrows that weighed him down.
And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God,
A punishment for his own sins!
But he was pierced for our rebellion,
Crushed for our sins.
He was beaten so we could be whole
He was whipped so we could be healed.
All of us, like sheep, have strayed away.
We have left God’s paths to follow our own.
Yet the Lord laid on him
The sins of us all.

He was oppressed and treated harshly,
Yet he never said a word.
He was led like a lamb to the slaughter.
And as a sheep is silent before the shearers,
He did not open his mouth.
Unjustly condemned,
He was led away.
No one cared that he died without descendants,
That his life was cut short in midstream.
But he was struck down for the rebellion of my people.
He had done no wrong
And had never deceived anyone.
But he was buried like a criminal;
He was put in a rich man’s grave.

But it was the Lord’s good plan to crush him
And cause him grief.
Yet when his life is made an offering for sin,
He will have many descendants.
He will enjoy a long life,
And the Lord’s good plan will prosper in his hands.
When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish,
He will be satisfied.

And because of his experience,
My righteous servant will make it possible
For many to be counted righteous,
For he will bear all their sins.
I will give him the honors of a victorious soldier,
Because he exposed himself to death.
He was counted among the rebels.
He bore the sins of many and interceded for rebels.
Isaiah 53:2-12 (NLT)

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