Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Verse for Today - Isaiah 53:5-6
"But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all."
Read all of Isaiah 53
As we read these verses from Isaiah 53, it's amazing to think they were written 7-800 years before Jesus of Nazareth was born, lived and died. This remarkable truth has to be responded to... somehow? Either it adds conviction and thus comfort, by testifying to the historic prophecies fulfilled by Christ; OR it has to be rejected all together... relegated as either a forgery or maybe a pure coincidence.
Interestingly, this passage from Isaiah is found in the Dead Sea Scrolls.... which pre-date the life of Christ. That sort of rules out the possibility of it being forgery. That leaves the possibility of all this being "a pure coincidence."
It is clear that Jesus viewed himself as the Messiah sent to suffer and die for the sins of His people, "the Son of Man came to seek and so save that which was lost." He was viewed by many of his contemporaries and especially His followers as the Christ, "You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God."
You dear reader should think about this (John 20:30,31):
"And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name."