There are a lot of particular person scriptures that I declare as my favourite. I can not choose only one. There’s nonetheless, one chapter within the ebook of Isaiah that qualifies as my favourite chapter within the Outdated Testomony. It presents a whole lot of years earlier than the crucifixion, the mission and struggling of Jesus on the cross of Calvary. It’s a theological masterpiece in regards to the cross and its goal. I’ll share it in its entirety then share my ideas and expertise with these 12 verses.
Isaiah 53: 1-12 NLT, “Who has believed our message? To whom has the Lord revealed his highly effective arm? My servant grew up within the Lord’s presence like a young inexperienced shoot, like a root in dry floor.
There was nothing lovely or majestic about his look, nothing to draw us to him.
He was despised and rejected—a person of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and appeared the opposite method. He was despised, and we didn’t care.
But it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down.
And we thought his troubles have been a punishment from God, a punishment for his personal sins!
However he was pierced for our insurrection, crushed for our sins. He was crushed so we could possibly be entire.
He was whipped so we could possibly be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We’ve got left God’s paths to observe our personal. But the Lord laid on him the sins of us all.
He was oppressed and handled harshly, but he by no means mentioned a phrase. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent earlier than the shearers, he didn’t open his mouth. Unjustly condemned, he was led away. Nobody cared that he died with out descendants, that his life was lower quick in midstream. However he was struck down for the insurrection of my folks. He had performed no fallacious and had by no means deceived anybody. However he was buried like a legal; he was put in a wealthy man’s grave.
But it surely was the Lord’s good plan to crush him and trigger him grief. But when his life is made an providing for sin, he could have many descendants. He’ll get pleasure from a protracted life, and the Lord’s good plan will prosper in his arms. When he sees all that’s achieved by his anguish, he will probably be happy. And due to his expertise, my righteous servant will make it attainable for a lot of to be counted righteous, for he’ll bear all their sins. I’ll give him the honors of a victorious soldier as a result of he uncovered himself to loss of life. He was counted among the many rebels. He bore the sins of many and interceded for rebels.”
David Baron, a Jewish convert to Christianity, wrote a Christian traditional ebook on Isaiah 53 titled Servant of Jehovah. In it he mentioned, “Isaiah 53 is probably the most central and the loftiest factor that Outdated Testomony prophecy has ever achieved. Isaiah 53 has equipped extra texts for the Gospel preacher than another portion of the Outdated Testomony.”
Martin Luther was of the assumption that each Christian ought to have the ability to recite Isaiah 53 by coronary heart. This chapter is to Isaiah what John chapter 3 is to the gospel of John. It’s the coronary heart of the gospel, the excellent news of salvation to mankind.
I’m all the time moved in my very core once I learn Isaiah 53. The prophetic struggling of the messiah and his complete buy of life is astounding. At the same time as I write I can really feel the tears of gratitude forming. “But it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles have been a punishment from God, a punishment for his personal sins!However he was pierced for our insurrection, crushed for our sins. He was crushed so we could possibly be entire. He was whipped so we could possibly be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We’ve got left God’s paths to observe our personal. But the Lord laid on him the sins of us all.”
The forgiveness of our sins was achieved by the struggling, loss of life, and resurrection of Jesus. Due to Jesus there can be no extra slaughtered animal sacrifices, no extra atonement rituals, no extra separation from the dwelling place of God by a thick veil and he would grow to be our ceaselessly excessive priest. His sacrifice would permit us to return boldly, bravely, confidently into the presence of God with out disgrace or fault.
I encourage you to mediate of Isaiah 53 and absolutely embrace its energy for therapeutic and redemption!